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Tuesday Dec 8, 2020

Ref receives awful abuse on Father's obituary while suspicious coughing incidents sour Sunday's final

International referee Andrew Brace has been subject to disgraceful criticism from fans following Sunday’s Autumn Nations Cup final at Twickenham.

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Many supporters were upset by Brace’s decisions late on in the match, which saw England win through the boot of Owen Farrell in extra time. As well as the generic abuse which top flight referees often receive online, some fans took it to a new level by leaving comments on a story about Brace’s late father.

While some stepped in to condemn the comments, many of the messages are far from tasteful.

COUGH GATE

Brace’s ref mic has also hinted at further controversy after coughing was picked up just before Farrell kicked his last two penalties in Sunday’s final.

The first ‘cough’ came as Farrell approached a penalty kick in extra time in front of the posts, which he narrowly missed to the right.

The second incident, which may be a coincidence, occurred as Farrell lined up the decisive kick in the 95th minute to win the game for England.

 

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It’s not clear who made the noises or if they were intentional, but the timing of both is hard to ignore.

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