“The referees were not helped”. The president of Lyon Yann Roubert deplored the absence of video arbitration, Sunday, after the defeat of the LOU in front of Bordeaux-Bègles (32-25) in the play-offs of the Top 14.
“There is a lot of disappointment, sadness, frustration… even resentment, to be honest. We have the best championship in the world, the best equipped, the one that attracts people in front of the TV. Obviously, many saw that some tests deserved to be reviewed. The only one who didn’t have access to it was the referee and that’s a shame,” Roubert railed at a press conference.
“Referees are not helped by the lack of video. We neither. All the boys, players and staff, deserved better. It is the work of a year which comes to a cruel end. It hurts and it will be difficult to digest, ”continued the leader.
Due to technical issues, there was no video arbitration during the play-off between LOU and UBB. To remedy this, a referee was placed in each in-goal to judge disputed situations. According to L’Equipe, thunderstorms in the Rhône caused computer problems, preventing images from accessing the video referee’s cabin. If everything was repaired in the second half, the League decided not to use it for the sake of fairness.
Two Girondin tries were particularly discussed by the Lyonnais: that of the international opener Matthieu Jalibert (6th), as well as that of the third row Mahamadou Diaby (46th). “There are a lot of regrets tonight. Viewers understand our frustration,” said Lyon scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud at the microphone of Canal +.
“That doesn’t absolve us of our own mistakes. We could have done better, we can be improved. If Bordeaux’s first try is not there, as everyone knows, it’s not the same match. There are one or two tries that could have been verified on video. It’s hard to digest, ”said Roubert again.
Bordeaux-Bègles beat Lyon (32-25) and qualified for the semi-finals of the Top 14, in a week in San Sebastian in Spain, against La Rochelle. The other semi-final, scheduled for Friday, will pit Racing 92 against Stade Toulousain.
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