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England star under scrutiny after ref-bashing

REACTION: Bristol Bears prop Kyle Sinckler has issued a Twitter apology after a comment he made to referee Karl Dickson during his side’s victory over Exeter Chiefs was widely criticised.


The incident occurred in the second half after Sinckler took a carry in his own half before being chopped down by an Exeter player.

The England and Lions star was hit low and slammed through the tackle in what looks like a no arms tackle.

The referee Dickson labelled it as  a ‘wrapped’, much to the dismay of Sinckler on the floor who unloads a foul-mouthed verbal tirade to the official

Sinckler was heard asking referee Dickson, a former Harlequins teammate, ‘are you ****ing serious?’ after Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie was penalised for a no-arms ram tackle that upended the England prop.

A video of the moment in question was tweeted by Andy Goode: “Really poor form by Kyle Sinckler screaming “Are you ****ing serious” at referee Karl Dickson. They are former teammates but it should have been a yellow card. We berate footballers for similar so we don’t want this in rugby and should respect the ref!”

Goode was not the only one who heavily criticised the England prop, fans also took to social media to slam the Bears prop for his behaviour.

Sinckler has now taken to the social media platform to issue an apology.

“Want to apologise for my reaction today,” Tweeted Sinckler. “Not the example I want to be setting. Heat of the moment stuff. Will make a conscious effort to improve. My bad”

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