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Thursday 30 March 2017

Irish fans' favourite referee Romain Poite escorted off the field as furious player is restrained

Romain Poite, referee during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Oyonnax v Grenoble at Stade Charles Mathon on April 2, 2016 in Oyonnax, France. (Photo by Jean Paul Thomas / Icon Sport) (Photo by Jean Paul Thomas/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Romain Poite, referee during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Oyonnax v Grenoble at Stade Charles Mathon on April 2, 2016 in Oyonnax, France. (Photo by Jean Paul Thomas / Icon Sport) (Photo by Jean Paul Thomas/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Surely it was only a matter of time before something like this happened to Romain Poite?

Over the course of his career, the Frenchman has made a number of perplexing calls that often leave players completely bemused. Sometimes, those penalised react badly - Paul O'Connell was once yellow carded for back-chat in a European Cup game even though he was speaking as the captain.

Last night though, one player's anger with Poite's officiating manifested itself as a very costly tantrum. Oyonnax player Silvere Tian was initially carded for a rucking offence in his own 22 with ten minutes to go at home to Grenboble in a 20-20 game.

It is safe to say that he didn't agree with the punishment as he showered the referee with abuse until Poite produced a red card out of his pocket. Tian was absolutely apoplectic, and was waiting for Poite near the tunnel at the final whistle, where the official was escorted off the field by security while the player was held back.

The red card proved to be a late turning point, as Grenoble struck late to claim a 27-20 win against 14-man Oyonnax but the real talking point was the interaction between player and referee.

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