Unhappy Bath fan invented Ref Link

Date published: April 6 2016

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A faithful Bath supporter has apologised to referee Greg Garner after he handed a Saracens flag to the official at the Recreation Ground on Friday.

The snide gesture – made by a certain Peter Downey – happened after Bath's 30-10 loss to Saracens.

In the 49th minute the official – after consulting with the TMO – had red carded Bath full-back Anthony Watson for an illegal aerial tackle made on Alex Goode.

The crowd reacted negatively towards the decision and adding to their frustration of the referee was when Garner gave scrum-half Chris Cook a yellow card only two minutes later.

Many Bath supporters were left very unhappy with the outcome of the officials' decision.

Downey, a faithful Bath supporter for well over three decades, apparently invented an application that allows supporters to listen in on discussions held over the referee's lapel using their smart phones.

He reportedly was handed a Saracens flag and proceeded towards the officials' locker rooms and handed it to the first person that opened the door. He denies handing it to Garner personally.

The RFU have launched an investigation, not only into the incident but also into the apparent application invented by Downey. He has sinced submitted an official written apology to all parties involved.

"I went to the officials' room and gave it to someone on their way in at the door, saying 'a present for Mr Garner' and did not enter the room, only speaking to the person on their way in," Downey told the Bath Chronicle.

"I regret the upset I caused after nearly 40 years of supporting the club and the game of rugby.

"I apologise to the officials, particularly Mr Garner, and to Bath Rugby."

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