Rugby World Cup 2019: Referee Jaco Peyper pulled from semi-finals after posing with fans in photo

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South African referee Jaco Peyper waves a red card at French player Sebastien Vahaamahina. Tokyo, October 20, 2019 i


South African referee Jaco Peyper waves a red card at French player Sebastien Vahaamahina. Tokyo, October 20, 2019 i

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Jaco Peyper was not considered for appointment for the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after posing with fans mimicking a key red-card incident in a quarter-final he refereed, World Rugby said on Tuesday.

“World Rugby can confirm that the match officials selection committee did not consider Jaco Peyper for selection this weekend,” World Rugby said in a statement.

“Peyper recognises that a picture of him with Wales fans, which appeared on social media after the Wales versus France quarter-final, was inappropriate and he has apologised,” the statement said.

Wales beat France 20-19 on Sunday after Peyper sent off French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina for elbowing Aaron Wainwright in the face.

A picture widely circulated on social media showed a smiling Peyper in the middle of a group of Welsh fans, raising his elbow to seemingly mimic the incident th

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