French Rugby Referee Sends Player Off For Picking Him Up In Wild Celebration
A rugby player was sent off on Friday evening for hoisting the referee high in the air while celebrating.
Beziers welcomed Nevers in a French Rugby Pro D2 clash, with Nevers leading 30-25 in the dying moments.
A refereeing decision went their way and in pure excitement, Josaia Raisuqe danced around and lifted official Laurent Millotte high in the air.
Millotte wasn't expecting it at all and could be seen kicking and flailing his legs in fair.
L'action de la semaine #celebration pic.twitter.com/A9NUdUzAhB
- jonathan wisniewski (@JonnyWis) January 8, 2021
He clearly didn't see the funny side after coming back down to earth, taking a few seconds to regain his compsure.
What followed was a straight red card for Fijian winger Raisuqe, who looked bewildered at the decision.
Fans have reacted to the incident and they think it could be the funniest red card they've seen in any sport.
It's the dance he does before picking up the ref. In tears. https://t.co/i0bJHNr0Je- Rhys Morgan (@RhysMorgan9) January 9, 2021
He lifted him like a trophy :sob::sob::sob::sob: https://t.co/7IqEceYi5k- Lee Cox (@LeeCox1510) January 8, 2021
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As so many of you are asking what I would have done here. I'd have blown the whistle and said "I'd want to be on Strictly come Dancing before I agreed to be lifted like that" @bbcstrictly https://t.co/kzoEuOC0RZ- Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) January 8, 2021
Just when you think you've seen everything Rugby has to offer it delivers once again!!:ok_hand::clap: https://t.co/sKJxgz5Fnr- Joel M Griffiths (@stransky12) January 8, 2021
If you're going to get a red card, here's the way to do it. https://t.co/zUSz9QCrJn- Joey Brearley (@BrearleyJoe) January 9, 2021
Most random thing I have seen in a rugby game I think https://t.co/uT6hDGfkym- Jake Marshall (@JakeMarshall91) January 8, 2021
But not everyone appreciated the celebration.
Nevers coach Xavier Pemeja told Canal+ television per France24: "It's intolerable. He'll be punished by the league's disciplinary committee."
"I'll deal with him. I can't accept it. What happened at the end there it's going to be very bad."
The 26-year-old will now be suspended for his action.
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