Wednesday 20 November 2019

proof is in the pictures for stade

I've little comprehension of the laws and their application, so the technicality upon which Julien Dupuy had one week deducted from his original 24-week ban is beyond my understanding. Thankfully, the overall message remains clear, for now at least.

According to Stade Francais president Max Guazzini, Stephen Ferris (at the disciplinary hearing) described Dupuy's act of foul play not as a gouge but "a slap".

Even if that was the case, which, according to the Ulster Branch, it obviously is not, then the pictures would surely be allowed speak for themselves.

For Guazzini to suggest that, because he is French, it played a role in Dupuy being made an example of by ERC is beyond rational comment.

The image of the current French scrum-half poking Ferris not once, but twice in the eye needs little elaboration. To borrow from Rod Stewart, "every picture tells a story".

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