Fiji to lodge referee complaint

Date published: November 21 2013

Fiji have announced plans to lodge a formal complaint about a referee who handed them a world record of five yellow cards against Italy.

Fiji have announced plans to lodge a formal complaint about a referee who handed the side a world record of five yellow cards in a Test against Italy.

Fiji were briefly reduced to 11 men in the first-half of the 37-31 loss in Cremona when four players were sin-binned during eight minutes of mayhem.

Another yellow followed in the second-half of Saturday's game and Italy also had captain Sergio Parisse sent to the bin during his 100th game.

FRU acting chief executive Berlin Kafoa said the cards cost his team the match but argued they resulted more from overzealous officiating by Welsh referee Leighton Hodges than poor discipline. He said a complaint would be submitted to the International Rugby Board (IRB).

“We will take action against the Welsh referee,” Kafoa told Fiji One television.

“We have viewed the footage of the Italy game and think we should won the game if the massive number of yellow cards were not given to us. We saw the tackles were fair and the five yellows was unfair on us.”

“Our international referees in Fiji are now viewing the video footage and then we will write a complaint to IRB.”

Fiji's five-card haul puts them top of the table for the amount of yellow cards by one team in an international game.

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