France launch attack on Wales players as coach says they ‘specialize in expelling players’

France launch attack on Wales players as coach says they 'specialize in expelling players'

France coach Fabien Galthie has launched an incredible attack on Wales players – accusing them of specializing in sending players off.
Wales were cruelly denied a Grand Slam in Paris after a dramatic 32-30 loss filled with talking points. One of those was a red card for French lock Paul Willemse after making contact with Wyn Jones’ eye area.

TV game official Wayne Barnes looked at a number of different angles and reruns before making the decision that the second row should walk for the offense – also citing a neck roll in there also.

France have recovered well from the red card with Wales losing discipline after Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams yellow cards, but Galthie later claimed he didn’t think the lock deserved punishment.

He then accused the Wales players of sending the 28-year-old out.

“I don’t think he deserves a heavy penalty,” he said in quotations translated from his post-match press conference in French.

“If you look at him, there’s clearly no contact, or if there is, it’s clearly very limited. It is absolutely not voluntary.

“If you really watch the reaction of the Welsh players, they specialize in the opponents getting red cards.

“Their body language is pretty clear. I hope the referee will take this into account. I don’t think Paul deserves a sanction.

“I think we have to share this – I don’t see why it should be sanctioned. ”

The red card for Willemse was the third to be awarded against opponents Wales in this tournament.

First, Peter O’Mahony saw red for a reckless lead clearance from Tomas Francis in the first round, before Zander Fagerson received his marching orders for a similar incident against Jones.

Both were subsequently banned. O’Mahony was placed on a three-week ban after admitting his guilt, while Fagerson was given a four-week ban.

Asked about Galthie’s comments, Wales coach Wayne Pivac chose not to respond directly to the accusations.

“I have no comment to make on this subject,” he said.

“The match officials have had a lot of reruns and gone through a process and that’s what they’re here to do. ”


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