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Friday Dec 11, 2020

Abusers condemned after referee Andrew Brace gets pulled from French Champions Cup clash

Players and fans have jumped to support referee Andrew Brace after he was pulled from a Champions Cup game between Exeter and Toulouse following intense online abuse.

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Brace received a barrage of criticism for his performance in the Autumn Nations Cup final last weekend between England and France which saw  nasty comments appear on an obituary to Brace’s late Father on Twitter.

Rather than travelling to France, Brace has made a direct swap with Scottish referee Mike Adamson and he will now take charge of Wasps’s home game against Montpellier next Friday.

The decision was made as much of the abuse came from French accounts on Twitter and a statement from EPCR read: “Due to the personal nature of some of the criticism levelled at Andrew Brace following last weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup match between England and France, it was prudent on this occasion to make the appointment changes.

“EPCR and the selection committee regard Andrew Brace as a highly-talented match official, and with his welfare and development as a referee at the forefront, this course of action was deemed to be appropriate in the circumstances.”

Many fans and players have now jumped to the support of Brace following the decision from EPCR.

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