ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday Jan 4, 2023

Mathieu Acebes in big trouble after headbutting Jonathan Danty on the floor

It was a troublesome match for Jonathan Danty in his Top 14 win for La Rochelle at Perpignan. Despite the victory, Danty was on the receiving of a few rather intense collisions.

ADVERTISEMENT

The most notable was when lying at the bottom of a ruck, as he was targeted with a headbutt by Perpignan skipper Mathieu Acebes. The offending player received his well deserved matching orders as his team were reduced to 14 men.

Fans were incensed by the incident, with Josh Gardener tweeting “SEND HIM OFF, SEND THE DIRTY GET OFF”.

Others were of the same opinion, with some discussing the options of lifetime bans, and others labelling it as simply “despicable”.

In a tweet, Acebes apologised for his actions, saying: ““I play with passion. Unfortunately this weekend I lost control of my emotions,” wrote Acebes. “Jonathan Danty is a player I respect a lot and I strongly regret my move and I apologised immediately after the game. I will face the consequences of this unfortunate move. Judging me on my values and integrity in this single gesture is regrettable. I don’t want to give that bad image.”

This apology was not accepted by an understandably annoyed Danty: “You do not regret your gesture and I do not excuse it. It was premeditated. Two minutes before you had warned me that you would take care of me, before headbutting me when I was talking on the ground with one of your teammates. Your apologies are intended for the disciplinary committee. You do not regret your gesture and I do not excuse it.”

ADVERTISEMENT

As if receiving a flying headbutt wasn’t bad enough, Danty was then removed from the field later on after suffering a rupture to the posterior cruciate ligament, an injury that is expected to recover over a period of 3 months. This will likely cause the French international to miss the upcoming Six Nations.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 60 WEEKS AGO

    Two Early Red Cards Shown In Fiery Clash...

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    MASSIVE BRAWL Erupts As Munster See Off Northampton...

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    Sharks Winger Sinbinned For Dangerous “Suplex”...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji number eight Viliame 'Bill' Mata scores audacious try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Posolo Tuilagi's massive tackle lights up Top 14

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Statement: Championship clubs fire back at RFU after 'flawed proposals' create rift

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    RFU proposes two-tier Premiership franchise to replace Championship despite huge opposition

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Compilation video shows Jamie George's surprising box of tricks

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Eddie Jones reported to have negotiated return to Japan national side

View All

Funnies

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Luke Cowan-Dickie left red faced after losing very costly bet

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Mack Hansen proves once again that he is a hero in Ireland

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Irish players brilliantly take the p*** out of Sexton on plane intercom

View All

Amateur

  • 58 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 58 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 81 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 81 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 5 HOURS AGO

    Carreras released from contract with immediate effect

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Semi Final line ups: Premiership Rugby Cup

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Cutting past the waffle - The reason Zach Mercer hasn't made the England squad

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Five electric wingers to watch in the Rugby Europe Championship

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Bath fullback to join Lynagh at Benetton as impressive recruitment drive continues

View All