Fans and former players have questioned footage of England prop Ellis Genge appearing to headbutt Tomas Francis during Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup game in Llanelli.
The incident occurred moments after Genge won a penalty at a scrum in the 74th minute when he ended up on top of Francis, causing some pushing and shoving between the sides.
The 25-year-old took to Twitter to insist he did not headbutt the Welshman but opinion appears to be split over whether the incident should be reviewed by a citing panel.
England won the game 13-24 at Parc y Scarlets meaning they will face France next weekend in the final of the Autumn Nations Cup.
Thanks for all the Twitter TMO reviews but I didn’t headbutt anyone, thanks for all the messages of support for today – love this group!
— Gengey (@EllisGenge) November 28, 2020
Thoughts on this people? Some say headbutt some say nothing…… pic.twitter.com/WtNl0ds3Y9
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) November 28, 2020
A decent, and deserved win by England. It wasn’t a headbutt, let’s face it, it’s rugby not a tea party. I’m sure we will come back next year, and lose, again 😂
— Gavin (@gavpd259) November 28, 2020
Looked like LCD pushed him from behind to me. Lost his balance. Fell forward. If he had headbutted a player there would have been a massive reaction from the Welsh boys. There wasn’t. Camera angle doesn’t help either.
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) November 28, 2020
😮 How can this have been missed? https://t.co/fOYlvfxwYv
— Mrs K (@one_mrs_k) November 28, 2020
Surely it would have been brought to the attention of the ref by the player if it was a headbutt. Just Wales fans upset about the loss.
— Paul Batchelor (@batchy_3) November 29, 2020
Genge has earned 22 caps for England since making his debut in 2016 and in the same year he signed for Leinster Tigers from Bristol Bears.