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Sunday Jan 10, 2021

Fans criticise Williams for backchat after being sent off in Pro 14

Wales and Scarlets star Liam Williams was shown a straight red card against Cardiff Blues on Saturday for a reckless clearout at a breakdown.

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The winger tried to support Leigh Halfpenny at a ruck and made initial contact with the head of Cardiff flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes, resulting in a red card just before half time.

Clearly there was no malice in Williams’ challenge, but given the clash of heads the referee was left with little option but to give the British & Irish Lion his marching orders.

Williams, 31, was clearly frustrated by the decision and was overheard on the ref mic saying: “We’ll start playing touch, shall we?”, and the Scarlets man received little sympathy on Twitter from fans.

The decision against Williams contributed to Scarlets’ 29-20 defeat at Cardiff Arms Park and reduced his side’s Pro 14 advantage over Cardiff to just two points with a game-in-hand. Full match highlights as well as the reaction to the red card are available below:

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