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!”
Really poor form by Kyle Sinckler screaming “Are you Fu**ing serious” at referee Karl Dickson. They are ex 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! pic.twitter.com/m4zWaIwIGV
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) January 9, 2021
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.
To be honest, this is unacceptable:
Kyle Sinckler to referee Karl Dickson, “are you f*cking serious”
You have to be at minimum binned for that.
— Angus Savage (@AngusSavageXV) January 9, 2021
— Alun David (@alwildavid) January 9, 2021
How the hell can Sinckler remain on the field after directing that at the ref?!
Complete lack of respect.ADVERTISEMENT
— RugbyInsideLine🇭🇰 (@RugbyInsideLine) January 9, 2021
How does Kyle Sinckler swear at the referee and get away with it. Hardly in keeping with so called core values.
— Neil Fissler (@neilfissler) January 9, 2021
Very disappointed in Kyle Sinckler’s reaction to ref. Not condoning the swearing , but walking away from ref and shaking head shows complete lack of respect, not listening. Quite petulant.
— Murray Watson (@mdwats) January 9, 2021
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”
Want to apologise for my reaction today. Not the example I want to be setting. Heat of the moment stuff. Will make a conscious effort to improve. My bad 👊
— Kyle Sinckler (@KyleSinckler) January 9, 2021
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