World Rugby Release Statement Following Referee Controversy In Spain Vs Belgium Game

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Spain have missed out on an opportunity to qualify for the 2019 World Cup over the weekend, after they suffered an 18-10 loss to rivals Belgium in the 2018 Rugby Europe Championship.

The home side took a 12-0 lead at half-time, with number of controversial refereeing decisions went against Spain throughout the game. Spain now must beat Portugal and then Samoa in a play-off to qualify for Japan 2019.

Romania now qualify for the 2019 event, after finishing second in the championship. Interestingly the game was refereed by a Romanian official, Vlad Iordăchescu who the Spanish players felt adjudicated them unfairly throughout the game.


There were ugly scenes after the game which you can see in the video above. World Rugby have now come out and stated they have asked for clarification as to why a Romania was allowed take charge, noting they have no involvement in selecting the match officials.