Falcons missed a chance to climb off the foot of the table as they were beaten 20-17 at home by Gloucester. However, the ugly incident featuring Williams could now be see the playmaker cited.
The incident occured just before half-time when a row erupted involving Williams, and a picture posted by the Newcastle Falcons account appears to show the pivot’s fingers directly in the eye area of Falcons backrow Gary Graham.
A physical end to the first half. pic.twitter.com/1PGzE7Yaok
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) December 23, 2018
While many suggested he should be cited, others criticised the club account for posting the picture in the first place.
Pretty disgraceful behaviour by @FalconsRugby
If something has happened it will be dealt with by the officials. Posting a carefully chosen still picture in order to create a media storm is hugely disappointing.
— Andy Matheson (@AndyMatheson3) December 24, 2018
A very poor post by @FalconsRugby how about waiting for the citing commissioner to publish his report before posting this. A picture doesn’t show the whole picture!
— adam_b212 (@B212Adam) December 23, 2018
There was no mention of the incident from Falcons’ headcoach Dean Richards: “I felt we could and should have come away with something but you’ve got to take your hat off to Gloucester, who are a good side.
“It was one of those games which could have gone either way, but unfortunately went to them by three points.”
“On the whole we didn’t help ourselves by getting on the wrong side of the referee, and that was purely down to us not adapting to how he was officiating.
“As a consequence that cost us a couple of penalties, which ultimately proved the difference.
“There was a huge amount of endeavour from the boys, and you can’t question that. They played their hearts out and they’re very disappointed in the changing room, but we’ll put it right at Bristol next weekend.”
Gloucester are in third now and have an eight-point cushion from Wasps, while a losing bonus point pulls Newcastle within a point of Worcester Warriors in the battle against the drop.
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