Chile pulled off a historic 33-24 upset win over Canada in Valparaiso over the weekend. Canada will miss out on the World Cup for the first time ever after the South Americans claimed a 54-46 aggregate victory in their qualifying series.
However, many were upset after last week’s match when photos emerged showing what appeared to be a flagrant eye-gouge. Furthermore, no sanctions have yet been handed down by World Rugby.
Canadian scrum half Jamie Mackenzie tweeted photos of a Chilean player with his fingers clearly dug into his opponent’s face.
Came across this pic from @RugbyCanada vs @chilerugby and I am shocked @WorldRugby has done nothing about it. Players reporting eye gouging and other despicable behaviours. Surprisingly, as a half-back I like a bit of grit, but there’s no room for this BS in the game @raysrugby pic.twitter.com/vfRFKJWFlV
— Jamie Mackenzie (@jmackerdoo) October 6, 2021
There was some footage of the incident from another angle, included in the below video about officiating, but nothing could be seen except for a little push and shove amongst players.
Speaking after the match, Canada head coach Kingsley Jones said: “It’s tough right now. The changing room is not a pleasant place. A lot of the boys are really upset, of course. It’s tough. I feel for them.”
“We lost the game today. Chile were better than us today. They took their opportunities.”
Uruguay also defeated the United States 34-15 on Saturday for a 50-34 aggregate. Los Teros have qualified for France as Americas 1.
Chile will now face the U.S. to see who qualifies as Americas 2.