The vice-president of the French Rugby Federation has taken offence with the photo which emerged on social media of referee Jaco Peyper with Welsh fans.
Peyper, of course, officiated Wales’ one-point win over France in a dramatic quarter-final at the Oita Stadium on Sunday.
The South African referee dished out a red card to second-row Sébastian Vahaamahina for elbowing Welsh flanker Aaron Wainwright directly in the face during a maul.
The photo which emerged on social media shows Peyper with a raised elbow and smiling with Welsh supporters.
Jaco Peyper dans un bel hommage à Vahaamahina. Photo de Fabien Heuzé pic.twitter.com/g5vo93413s
— Arnaud Coudry (@ArnaudCoudry) October 20, 2019
The red card was never in question but France are also annoyed at the decision at the end of the game to allow Ross Moriarty’s game-winning try to stand as it seemed the ball went forward to Justin Tipuric after Tomos Williams had ripped the ball from a French player.
“If this photo is true, it is shocking and explanations will be necessary,” vice-president of FFR Serge Simon tweeted.
World Rugby released a brief statement on the matter.
“World Rugby is aware of a picture on social media of referee Jaco Peyper with a group of Wales fans taken after last night’s quarter-final between Wales and France in Oita.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further while we are establishing the facts.”