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Irish referee George Clancy slammed for decisions in Australia v South Africa game


Referee George Clancy

Referee George Clancy

Referee George Clancy

IRISH-born rugby referee George Clancy has come under fire for his decisions as Australia edged past South Africa in the final moments of the Rugby Championships in Perth on Saturday morning.

Australia won the match with a try from Rob Horne try and Bernard Foley’s subsequent conversion in the final minute of ordinary time. However, the match probably turned on Clancy’s decision to yellow card South Africa winger Bryan Habana for a high tackle in Adam Ashley-Cooper in the 65th minute.

This morning Clancy’s Wikipedia page was added to by a disgruntled supporter. “He made a few controversial refereeing decisions in the rugby match between South Africa and Australia on 06 September 2014. He lost the game for South Africa and has come under a massive amount of pressure from the media.”

Even the Australian media has criticised  the decision.

Paul Cully of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote: “Quite what George Clancy was looking at when he incorrectly sent Bryan Habana to the sin bin in the defining moment of the Wallabies v Springboks game is anyone's guess... It was just a penalty.”

Not surprisingly, Clkancy felt the wrath of Springbok fans on Twitter.

“This game is fast shaping as the George Clancy show,” wrote one disgruntled fan.

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