French Star To Face Disciplinary Hearing Following Controversial Six Nations Clash With Wales

Six Nations Rugby has commenced a misconduct complaint against France vice-captain Yohann Maestri.

The French lock will face a disciplinary hearing over comments made about referee Wayne Barnes in the wake of their controversial 20-18 win over Wales in Paris last weekend.

France emerged victorious in an incredible series events that saw them controversially reintroduce tighthead Rabah Slimani to the fold, before eventually grabbing the winning try in the 100th minute of the game.

Maestri however believed that France should have been rewarded a penalty try and made his feelings known after the game.

He (Barnes) told us we were not dominant enough.
“Anglo-Saxon referees always talk about fair play but the reality is that they think we’re cheats.
“When you are repeatedly crushed in a five-metre scrum, you concede defeat,” he added.
“There’s a complicity between Anglo Saxons and it is in these moments that you realise it. It was unbelievable.”

Six Nations chiefs this morning confirmed Maestri will have to answer for his comments.

Following an investigation, Six Nations Rugby has commenced a misconduct complaint against France vice-captain, Yohann Maestri, following comments made by him to representatives of the media about the referee following the same match. A disciplinary hearing will now be convened by the Chair of the Six Nations Disciplinary Panel, Professor Lorne Crerar.

Officials also confirmed that it ‘is continuing its investigation into replacements made in the latter stages of the same match.’

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