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World Cup ref apologizes

World Cup referee Jaco Peyper has apologized for an “inappropriate” photo he had taken with Wales fans following their narrow victory over France, World Rugby said yesterday. But the apology was not quite enough as World Rugby confirmed that the South African official was not considered for this weekend’s semifinals in Yokohama. Peyper sparked anger after posing for a photo with Wales fans in which he appeared to mimic the elbow that led to Sebastien Vahaamahina’s quarterfinal red card. Vahaamahina’s shocking rush of blood changed the course of the game, letting Wales hit back to win 20-19 and book its place in the last four, where it will face South Africa. “World Rugby can confirm that the match officials selection committee did not consider Jaco Peyper for selection this weekend,” it said in a statement. “Peyper recognizes that a picture of him with Wales fans, which appeared on social media after the Wales versus France quarterfinal, was inappropriate and he has apologized.”


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