Austin Healey and rugby world react to ‘eye-gouge’ during Premiership clash

BT Sport commentator Austin Healey and the rugby world have been reacting to a ‘blatant’ eye gouge at Kingston Park on Friday night.

Wasps winger Josh Bassett was pretty angry, insisting Mateo Carreras had made contact with his eyes – and the ugly pictures seem to support that.

Healey commented at the break: “It’s pretty clear and I don’t see how Wasps benefit from this. Play stops and if you watch what he does with his right hand now, he sneaks it in, has a little look, thinks no-ones looking, there’s no cameras, but there’s one on the other side of the field that has seen exactly what you’ve done with your middle finger. You’ve had a little scratch there.

“That is naughty, that is cheeky, that is contact with the eye, people call it gouging.

“You’re going to get a long ban for that.” He added: “He’s deliberately touched him on the eye, he might not have made contact with the eye, but there’s clear intent there.”

SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION:

EDITORS PICKS:

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BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland) – 1/7
  • 14. Jonny May (England) – 1/10
  • 11. Josh Adams (Wales) – 1/7

CENTRES:

  • 13. Jonathan Davies (Wales) – 4/7
  • 12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland) – 1/9

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