Wilson labels Earle red card accidental

Date published: December 16 2016

Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson says that South African lock George Earle is ‘devastated’ after copping a red card against Bath on Thursday.

The Durban-born second-row was given a red card for making contact with the eyes of Bath lock Tom Ellis by French referee Alexandre Ruiz in the European Challenge Cup.

The Cardiff boss was insistent that the incident was accidental and that Earle was not that kind of player.

“He’s devastated, he’s not that type of player. I don’t think there’s any intent to go for his eyes or any foul play in that,” Wilson told BBC Sport.

“He’s come to me straight afterwards and said ‘I certainly wasn’t going for any face or eyes, that’s not me.”

“It doesn’t help when it’s slowed down and freeze framed and it makes it look like his on his face for a period of time.

“He’s fighting to try and get through a maul. His head is down in the maul and once in that split second his hand is anywhere near his face he’s moved it away.

“But I know laws are laws and if his hand is on his face and it’s slowed down and made to look like it’s on there for a period of time then the referee’s put in a difficult predicament.

“It’s now happened and we’ve got to deal with it.”