Spanish Rugby Federation request for Belgium match to be replayed
The Spanish Rugby Federation has made a formal claim to World Rugby and Rugby Europe to have their World Cup qualifying match against Belgium replayed.
World Rugby is looking into the appointment of a Romanian referee for the crucial match between Spain and Belgium on March 18 that determined whether Romania qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Belgium won the match 18-10 – with all of their points coming from penalty kicks – ensuring their place in the World Cup through a second-place finish in the Rugby Europe Championship. Spain would have qualified with a win.
They have now presented a formal claim to both World Rugby and Rugby Europe to have the match replayed, outlining two breaches of the code of conduct established by World Rugby.
The Spanish Federation said it “trusts that World Rugby will allow the repetition of the game since the image of the sport has been tarnished by Sunday’s events.”