Thursday, 29 November 2007

Bare faced cheek

I admit to being a bit slow off the mark on this one, but earlier this week it appears that an English referee was suspended for 18 weeks for dropping his shorts and baring his arse whilst officiating at a women's rugby match.

A Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) disciplinary hearing, chaired by former Harlequins scrum half and appropriately named Richard Moon (I kid you not), heard that Peterborough Ladies and their opponents Thetford were preparing to restart following a converted try, when East Midlands Society official Robert Tustin walked off the pitch and removed his footwear. He then returned to the field, turned his back on the stand where Peterborough's supporters were gathered, and dropped his shorts.

"It was completely out of the blue, and I have no idea why he did it. It wasn't comical. It was absurd behaviour," said Thetford captain Amanda Walker.

"He's not the youngest of referees, so it was not the nicest of sights, and the only consolation was that his front bits weren't showing."

Nevertheless, in true British stiff-upper-lip fashion, the two teams played out the remaining 10 minutes.

"He asked people not to stamp on his feet, as he didn't have his boots on," added Ms Walker, which is fair enough really!

Peterborough, I'm delighted to say (it being my first rugby club) won the encounter 44-5.

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