Ex-St Helens star left bemused as French official ‘blows up’ over decision in England’s favour

Last night England were crowned World Champions after they defeated France in a fantastic game in the Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup Final.

It was a Tom Halliwell try that settled a great game with England defeating the reigning Champions 28-24.

However, the game was somewhat overshadowed by discussion about an official.

This came after the French official was caught arguing against a decision made in England’s favour during the final.

He felt that France should have been given more tackles due to an England hand touching the ball, but that wasn’t the decision made.

However, he seemingly made his feelings about the call very clear.

Former St Helens and Warrington Wolves star Kyle Amor who was on commentary duty said of the incident: “The linesman can’t be stood over here blowing up about that.”

Meanwhile, lead commentator Mark Wilson said: “I think this is highly unprofessional from the official, he cannot gesticulate like that. He has to come to a common decision.

“He’s going apoplectic.”

The moment was captured by the BBC here:

Meanwhile former Super League referee Richard Silverwood, who officiated the 2013 World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand was also left unimpressed.

He took to Twitter to say: “Deserves better officiating does this final. Never in my life seen that. So unprofessional. This French official is unbelievable.”

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18 days ago

It’s time to use the Tv match official the rest of rugby does, and in my humble opinion there was some bad decisions for both sides.