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Nigel Owens Responds To Luke Fitzgerald’s Criticism, Fans Put The Irishman On Blast

 

Nigel Owens has responded to Luke Fitzgerald’s comments about the respected referee’s style of officiating on the field of play and fans have unanimously rounded on the former Leinster man for his troubles.

Fitzgerald was critical of Owens’ comments during Munster’s defeat of Glasgow during their Pro 12 clash on Saturday, claiming they were ‘disrespectful’. Then, singling out the referee’s witty quip to Cian Healy after Christmas last year, Fitzgerald stated there was ‘no room in the game’ for the kind of comments Owens has become so renowned and respected for.

Now, the man himself has had his say. Responding via Facebook, the Welshman drew his battle lines and defended himself against the retired Ireland international.

As if this were not enough, fans have sided with the respected referee and given Fitzgerald something of a roasting via Twitter on Monday.

https://twitter.com/wobyates/status/851543422976630787

https://twitter.com/FelicityClaire_/status/851538720511725568

https://twitter.com/StevenIHughes/status/851548827354091520

https://twitter.com/thecardiffarms/status/851537951561482240

While Fitzgerald felt strongly enough to nail his colours to the mast, it is clear that he is in the minority when it comes to Owens and the manner in which he officiates on the field.

With the Welshman’s own response refuting the Irishman’s assertions, it would appear that, while entitled to his own opinion, Fitzgerald hasn’t endeared himself to or won over some new fans with his remarks.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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