A seething Sharks coach Dick Muir on Saturday stormed into the press box at Ellis Park and allegedly accused the manager of refereeing affairs at the Lions of cheating.
Rugby 365 reports that Gabriel Pappas, the man in question, was the victim of Muir’s outburst after Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis was not allowed to return to the field following a cut to his eye during the Sharks 16-8 Super 14 victory over the Lions.
The confrontation took place in front of the whole media-contingent.
Muir then asked Pappas in the presence of the referees involved with the time management: “Who is the cheat now?”
The incident stemmed from the injury to Du Plessis who left the field in the 20th minute.
He was not back on the field within the 15 minutes allowed for treatment of a blood injury and the fourth referee, who controls the replacements and blood-substitutes next to the field, would not let Du Plessis back onto the field.
Muir first stormed down to the field where he confronted the fourth official, who would not relent.
Muir then came up to the press box where he also confronted Pappas in the presence of the media reporting on the match.
Du Plessis was replaced by Craig Burden, who had to play out the remainder of the match when Du Plessis was not allowed back on.Tweet