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Referee knocked out by disgraceful punch in rugby league game

Referee knocked out by disgraceful punch in rugby league game
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A referee has been knocked out by a vicious punch in a rugby league match in France. The disgusting incident took place in a French Cup juniors game between Saint-Esteve and Toulouse. The player in question lost his cool after being sent off by referee Benjamin Casty.

As you can see in the video below, he then lashed out at the man with the whistle, knocking him to the floor before turning on a Toulouse player, as a brawl broke out.

To the credit of the rest of the Saint-Esteve players, things didn’t escalate too much, which perhaps gives us an idea of their own views on what the culprit did.

The match was immediately abandoned as referee Casty had to be taken to hospital. He suffered injuries to his cheekbone and jaw, but luckily the jaw was not broken.

The president of the French Rugby League Federation strongly condemned the incident.

“I hope that the National Disciplinary Commission, which will meet on Wednesday, will be uncompromising,” said the president, Marc Palanques.

Meanwhile the president of the Saint-Esteve club, Christian Cozza, is set to resign as a result of the incident. “This player had already been suspended four games earlier in the season and I did not want him to play,” said Cozza.

A life ban is surely on the cards, while Saint-Esteve have also received a heavy penalty.

A post shared by Rugbydump (@rugbydump) on Apr 28, 2017 at 9:22am PDT

credit: @derek_beaumont/nzherald

14 Comments

  • drg
    10:51 AM 06/05/2017

    Wonderful news. Thanks for the update.

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  • im1
    2:37 PM 03/05/2017

    He has also been sent off, so he shouldn't even be able to say it was related to playing rugby (not that it is in any way at all)

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  • drg
    12:53 PM 03/05/2017

    I believe so, being on a rugby pitch doesn't make you exempt from the laws of the land... And what he did was outside the laws of the game.... For instance punching someone is illegal, but the boxing is legal, so provided you're within the laws of boxing all is well... I think the police are obviously pretty lenient towards rugby goings on in general, otherwise we'd see people prosecuted for fights on the pitch all the time, but I guess it's up to them if they want to get involved or if the referee presses charges (if he's allowed to?)

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  • im1
    11:38 AM 02/05/2017

    could he actually get criminally prosecuted here? I hope he can.

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  • colombes
    9:27 AM 02/05/2017

    More than jail, his name and photo should be exposed in every bars, restaurants, penas, ferias and stadiums from Bordeaux to Perpignan. The ultimate black-list

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  • ronan
    6:07 PM 30/04/2017

    life ban.... life behind bars....

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  • katman
    12:04 PM 30/04/2017

    This guy has issues that go beyond the game of rugby. And good bodyslam by 2 after copping a few swings. Reminiscent of a young Brock Lesnar.

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  • rvteo
    9:07 AM 30/04/2017

    It's not XV rugby league but XIII.

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  • im1
    8:34 AM 30/04/2017

    It doesn't look like his team mates are in too much of a rush to try and help him out either

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  • 10stonenumber10
    4:06 PM 29/04/2017

    Pink 2 was the first man in. Much like when McCaw decked Pieter Van Zyl for attacking the ref, he will be free from all offsides and given the benefit of the doubt for the rest of his playing career

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  • drg
    1:26 PM 29/04/2017

    My favourite part is how he then took a swing at an opposition player giving the opposition free reign to jump in and try to beat the shit out of him....

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  • finedisregard
    12:46 PM 29/04/2017

    A bearded Frenchman playing rugby league in a Captain America jersey is capable of anything.

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  • rdump0
    8:48 PM 28/04/2017

    french couscous?

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  • luc
    8:41 PM 28/04/2017

    Hmmm... So only in France or not? I mean, it *is* outrageous and it *is* in France... Joking aside, it seems to be more of a personal problem as the guy was being sent off for giving a finger to the public and, more importantly, had already been suspended in the past for kicking an opposition player on the floor post-game. Note that on top of a life ban from the rugby league federation a complaint was also filed, so he will get sued over this.

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