Nigel Owens was among a number of rugby personalities to rail against the brattish behaviour of football ace Ronaldo, after the Portuguese superstar verbally assaulted the referee as his side was dumped out of the Football World Cup in Russia.
Portugal lost to Uruguay and will take no further part in the tournament.
However, it was the behaviour of Ronaldo that incensed the rugby world. The striker confronted the referee and is thought to have screamed ‘**** you’ into his face after he disagreed with a particular decision.
The behaviour was roundly condemned by various rugby personalities, lead by outspoken ref Nigel Owens. Former England international Will Greenwood tweeted: “How is this remotely acceptable…? How? How? None of us are saints but if this isn’t a straight Red what is???????”
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Owens clarified that if he would have given the millionaire soccer king a straight a red card.
I would have given him a straight red. Ronaldo or not that behaviour is not needed in any sport.
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) July 1, 2018
Ugo Monye joined the fray, adding his two pence.
— ugo monye (@ugomonye) June 30, 2018
Some pointed out that with eye gouging and ‘Blood Gate’, rugby’s moral high ground was was not exactly sure-footed.
Rugby used theatre props in order to con the officials! You have no moral high ground! pic.twitter.com/AE21z4vvIX
— Leon Duke (@LeonDuke) July 1, 2018
Far from snobbery Chris. Rugby has its own issues for sure, not hiding from that, or making a comparison. But do you think it’s ok for the Ref to be hounded in that manner & for Ronaldo a global icon & role model to shout “f@ck you” to his face? ????? https://t.co/XiIbkqzk5B
— ugo monye (@ugomonye) July 1, 2018
2 England international's there being good role models pic.twitter.com/FopVUG2stl
— Paul Clinton (@mackemcafu2) July 1, 2018
To give credit to Ronaldo, he's the main reason I'm such a big fan of Rugby!
— Daniel Arbon (@D_arbon) June 30, 2018
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