Weird scenes performed out in France’s second-tier Professional D2 on Friday when a participant was purple carded for celebrating his aspect’s win by lifting the referee into the air.
The incident performed out within the dying phases of Nevers’ 30-25 victory over hosts Beziers, when referee Laurent Millotte blew full-time on the match.
Beziers wing Josaia Raisuqe celebrated his aspect’s win instantly after the full-time whistle sounded by grabbing Millotte by the waist and lifting him into the air.
Raisuqe was promptly despatched off by Millotte, though the incident passed off after the match had completed, leaving the previous Fijian sevens consultant with an automated suspension as per Professional D2 guidelines.
Reactions to Raisuqe’s celebration have been blended, with Nevers head coach Xavier Pemeja labelling the act as unacceptable.
“It is insupportable. He’ll be punished by the league’s disciplinary committee,” Pemeja informed Canal+ tv.
Talking to Midi Olympique the next dy, Pemeja added: “I do know that Raisuqe’s gesture, within the present scenario the place individuals want lightness, makes everybody snicker, however it’s unacceptable.
“The referee is the guarantor of this recreation. He’s the choose of rugby. To the touch the referee is to the touch the establishment and that’s not executed. We don’t contact an establishment.”
Others discovered the humorous aspect of the Lion King-esque gesture, whereas some thought Raisuqe’s actions have been “ridiculous” as many taking to Twitter to share their ideas, together with the spouse of prime worldwide referee Wayne Barnes who promised “If somebody does this to my husband I am going to give them 20 quid”.
Lately retired and legendary rugby referee Nigel Owens had a suitably hilarious response to the incident.
“As so lots of you’re asking what I might have executed right here. I might have blown the whistle and mentioned: ‘I might need to be on Strictly Come Dancing earlier than I agreed to be lifted like that'”.
This is not the primary time Raisuqe has courted controversy in his profession, because the 26-year-old was sacked from Stade Francais in 2017 for “gross misconduct” after he was accused of sexual assault.
The victory retains Nevers in sixth-place on the Professional D2 standings on the midway stage of the competitors, which might be sufficient to qualify for the play-offs.
Nonetheless, each seventh-placed Provence and ninth-placed Montauban might overtake Raisuqe’s aspect within the coming weeks with video games in hand.
Beziers, in the meantime, stay in eighth place, trailing Nevers by 4 factors.