With Oscar season just around the corner, Yoann Huget has made his best effort to scoop the coveted statuette with a best actor in a leading role performance that simply cannot be beaten. Sense has since prevailed, as he received an official warning.
Toulouse wing Huget’s big role took place in their heavy defeat at the hands of Bath on Sunday.
The French winger took a tumble after making the slightest contact with what looked like his shoulder. He rolled around on the floor as if he’d been hit by a sniper, which the BT Sport commentators took exception to, Ben Kay in particular.
“That is pathetic. Personally I think that the powers that be, the disciplinary committee, should look at that and they should act on it because we do not want to see players taking dives. Just a little push in the chest and he grabs his face.. That is pathetic,” said Kay.
European Professional Club Rugby agreed with the general media and fan sentiment. They issued a formal warning to Huget this week. EPCR said that the warning followed an “act contrary to good sportsmanship in that he (Huget) deliberately feigned an injury in contravention of Law 10.4(m).”
Players who accumulate three citing warnings or three yellow card offfences for foul play – or a combination of both – during the Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup competitions will be required to attend a disciplinary hearing.
Last year we saw the likes of Bryan Habana, Richard Hibbard and a few others feigning injury or appealing for foul play, when clearly it wasn’t the case. This official warning sets a good precedent, and will hopefully remind all rugby players that acting should be saved for the movies.
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