‘We have to respect referees’: Jones teases Erasmus over officials criticism

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Eddie Jones has insisted referees must be treated with respect after joking that Rassie Erasmus may take a leaf out of José Mourinho’s book and sidestep his matchday ban on Saturday by hiding in a laundry basket. Jones also wondered whether Erasmus’s outbursts and the siege mentality South Africa have fostered has been designed to motivate the world champions.

Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, implicitly criticised the English referee, Wayne Barnes, when posting a series of clips from the narrow defeat by France this month, alongside a number of sarcastic comments. Barnes has received death threats and his family have also been targeted, leading to the Rugby Football Union sending a strongly worded letter to its South African counterpart, deploring Erasmus’s behaviour.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/nov/24/eddie-jones-in-jibe-at-rassie-erasmus-over-criticism-of-referees under the title “‘We have to respect referees’: Jones teases Erasmus over officials criticism”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.