Ireland World Cup opponent decider leads to ugly scenes of referee confrontation

Ireland World Cup opponent decider leads to ugly scenes of referee confrontation

Spain will now need to beat Portugal in a playoff and then win a two-legged tie against Samoa in order to reach the World Cup.

Spanish players remonstrated angrily with a Romanian referee following defeat in the final round of the 2018 Rugby Europe Championship, a result which meant that Romania and not Spain have qualified for Japan 2019.

"Everyone who has seen the game will judge the referee".

Spain needed to win their final Rugby Europe Championship game to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup.

Iordăchescu mainly referees club rugby in tournaments such as the Romanian SuperLiga, but he has also taken charge of global test matches since 2009 and officiated at three matches at the 2014 Junior World Championships.

"The difference between penalties against us and for us was huge".

They have also alluded to the wider controversy surrounding the appointment of a Romanian referee for the match, a match which had a direct affect on the outcome on Romania's successful qualification for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. "I said to one of the players that Spain didn't lose today, rugby lost".

FER said Roben denied the request because the match appointments were done weeks in advance. Only the match commissioner was changed, to a Frenchman.

Rugby Europe were last night forced to defend the process by which they appoint match officials which, they said, was carried out "ahead of the competition by an independent and neutral skilled committee".

"As for other global major competitions, referees' appointments for Rugby Europe Championship have been made ahead of the competition by an independent and neutral skilled committee (no Rugby Europe board members involved)".

For Romania, the outcome in Brussels extended their record of competing at every World Cup since its inception in 1987, topping the table by three points from Spain.

There were ugly scenes at the end of 80 minutes at the European qualifier between Spain and Belgium after the Spaniards suffered a shock defeat to their rivals on Sunday.

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