Rugby Australia condemn Rassie Erasmus’ criticism of referee Nic Berry
Erasmus used 26 clips in an hour-long video critique of the match officers’ efficiency in Saturday’s match, which the Lions received 22-17, accusing Australian Berry of not displaying Bok captain Siya Kolisi the identical respect as his Lions counterpart Alun Wyn Jones.
Rugby Australia mentioned it famous “with dismay and concern the current public commentary …relating to Australian referee Nic Berry and different match officers.”
“There is no such thing as a place for abuse of match officers in Australian Rugby… Rugby Australia believes the current actions are unacceptable and in opposition to the spirit and values of the sport,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Its Chief Government, Andy Marinos, mentioned Berry was a extremely regarded and revered worldwide referee.
“The assault on Nic’s integrity, character and fame is unacceptable,” he added.
South African Rugby declined to remark when contacted by Newpaper24.
“We now have been in touch with World Rugby… and perceive that they’re actively reviewing this matter as some information offered weren’t correct,” Merinos added, suggesting that Berry had been affected by the general public criticism.
“It is very important guarantee public assaults of this nature aren’t tolerated. We are going to proceed to supply assist to Nic presently, as each his bodily and psychological wellbeing stays a precedence for us.”
The second take a look at between the Boks and Lions might be performed on the identical venue on Saturday.
The match might be refereed by New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe, with Berry and Frenchman Mathieu Raynal as assistants.
Raynal will take cost of the third and last take a look at on Aug 7.