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Romanian Rugby President Labels Spanish Players’ Behaviour As “Hooliganism”

Romanian Rugby President, Alin Petrache, has described the behaviour shown by the Spanish players, representatives and supporters as “hooliganism” in the aftermath of Spain’s loss to Belgium on Sunday.

By now, you are probably aware that Spain missed out on their first and most likely opportunity of World Cup qualification at the weekend as they lost to Belgium in the Rugby Europe Championship. That loss meant that Romania qualified at their expense, something which Spain are not happy about considering the game was officiated by a Romanian referee.

Spain clearly believes that there was a conflict of interest and they want the match replayed. Now, the Romanian rugby president, Petrache, has added fuel to the fire by labelling the behaviour after the game as “hooliganism” according to Reuters.

“I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the attitude of the Spanish players, representatives and fans,” the Romanian federation chief, Alin Petrache, told Reuters on Wednesday.

“There is no room for hooliganism, misconduct and denigration in rugby.”

Spain still have an opportunity to qualify for the World Cup in 2019 but they most overcome Portugal and then Samoa to get the final place in Pool A which also contains Ireland.

Petrache believes that the reaction of their players after their 18-10 loss to Belgium on Sunday is a sign that they are not ready for rugby at this level.

“Letting one’s emotions get the best of them is a sign of immaturity, that proves that the Spanish team is not ready to face responsibly the challenges an elite competition involves,” he said.

“There is no room for this kind of violent behaviour in sport and, more importantly, in one of the few sports that still prides itself on its values and defends them.”


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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter