The Irishman sent-off skipper Sam Warburton – my player of the tournament – in the 20th minute for a ‘dangerous tackle’ in a 9-8 defeat by a poor French team.
“No way was my tackle malicious” said a disappointed Warburton while back in the TV studio, these comments were made by ex-rugby internationals: “Absolutely disgraceful”… “An unbelievable decision”… “It was never a sending-off offence”… and “The ref got it wrong – he ruined the game.”
Everyone who saw the game – the French excluded of course! – were stunned when the red card was produced which effectively cost the Red Dragons the match. Although they scored the semi-final’s only try through Mike Phillips, playing with a man short for an hour was a tall order. However, they bossed the game for long periods, had more possession and two place-kicks missed by inches, one falling under the bar, another hitting an upright.
The other semi saw
* While Sebastian Vettel breezed to victory in the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday, his 20th career win, British Indycar driver Dan Wheldon (33) was tragically killed in a 200-mile crash in
* Black Country-born Matt Neal (from Stourbridge) has won his third touring car championship, having previously been number one in 2005 and 2006.
* Aussie Casey Stoner clinched the MotoGP world title on home soil after reigning champion,
* Hannah Whelan, ninth at the World Gymnastic Championships in
At present the PL sells ‘matches’ to 98 broadcasters covering 212 countries. Fourteen PL clubs would need to vote in favour of this new arrangement.
* The Euro 2012 Championship play-offs (over two-legs in mid-November) are:
* The Government has asked the FA to reform its policy… tackle the level of clubs debts, change the committee, overall the board entirely and bring in new licensing laws.
* Nine jockeys, including Tony McCoy, were banned for ten days for failing to obey a ‘race stop flag’ at Wetherby. And twelve jockeys have been suspended for ‘extensive whip use’, one being Belgium’s Christophe Soulimon who also had his £50,000 fee withdrawn after ‘whipping’ Cirrus Des Aigles to victory in the £1.3m Champion Stakes at Ascot.
* The Queen had her first winner in
* Boxer David Haye has retired after 25 wins (23 knock-outs) and two defeats.
DID YOU KNOW? Last week, Mickail Osinov of Russian Division 2 side FC Mitos, scored the fastest ever goal in football history – after just 3.16 seconds v Olimpia Gelendzhik. In 2004, Frederico Guedes netted for America Miniero in 3.17 seconds of a Brazilian Copa São Paulo match against Vila Nova.
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