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.
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.”
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