Jaco Peyper will not referee a World Cup semi-final after mocking sent-off France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina in a picture with Wales fans, right after the controversial victory of Wales over France in the Rugby World Cup Quater FInal.
In a statement, the governing body World Rugby said: “World Rugby can confirm that the match officials selection committee did not consider Jaco Peyper for selection this weekend. Peyper recognises that a picture of him with Wales fans, which appeared on social media after the Wales versus France quarter-final, was inappropriate and he has apologised.”
Peyper sent Vahaamahina off for striking Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in the face. A photograph then emerged on social media showing him posing with Welsh fans and playfully landing an elbow on to the head of one.
World Cup-winning former England coach Clive Woodward defended the South African “100 percent”.
“It’s ludicrous that the so-called incident is being investigated in any way and for those in the French camp kicking off I would say you have infinitely more serious things to be considering,” he wrote.
Considering the controversial decision on the last Welsh try made by Peyper and the TMO, the referee’s picture taken with welsh fan is being seen and perceived as an evidence to his biais decision towards an anglophone team by the French public.