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Saturday Mar 13, 2021

DEBATE: Fans surprised by sin bin decision for Italy prop vs Wales

Italian prop Marco Riccioni was lucky to receive just a yellow card for leading with his forearm during Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Wales.

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The 23-year-old replacement charged towards the Welsh defence in the second half at Stadio Olimpico when his forearm caught Willis Halaholo in the throat.

Although Riccioni’s arm was away from his body, referee Wayne Barnes and his TMO ruled that the initial contact was below Halaholo’s neck and therefore just a yellow card was given to the Benetton prop.

Many fans and pundits appear confused by the decision, suggesting he should have seen red, however credit must go to Riccioni for checking Halaholo was ok and apologising after being sent to the sin bin.

In the end Wales stormed to a 7-48 win, equalling their biggest ever win in Rome, to set up a Grand Slam decider against France next weekend.

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