Mocked in the stands of the Jean-Bouin stadium but also on social networks for having slipped when hitting a penalty, Saturday with Castres against Stade Français, Benjamin Urdapilleta later asked the Parisians, whom he accuses for having shouted before his attempt.
The spectators at the Jean-Bouin stadium, all supporters of the Stade Français for the most part, enjoyed themselves. Not only did their favorite team, still 2nd in the standings, win again (fourth win in a row), against Castres (26-7). But in addition, a failure of a Castres made their happiness. In the second half, Benjamin Urdapilleta indeed presented himself in front of the ball for an almost harmless penalty for a player of his talent when his team was already largely led by the Rose Soldiers and he had the possibility of reducing ( slightly) the score. But now, the Argentinian lost his balance when hitting this penalty, which he completely missed, to the delight of the public, who did not hesitate to make fun of the opposing number 10. A rooming in rules which did not please Urdapilleta, especially since the latter felt that the Parisians had disturbed him in his preparation. He also complained immediately to referee Ludovic Cayre, while the taunts continued to fall from the stands.
The referee’s scathing response
🗨️ “He can scream before I hit? »
Urdapilleta’s justifications for his slide… The referee was not convinced 🧐 pic.twitter.com/Xux4nXThR1
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“He can shout before I hit?” “, asked the opening half of the CO has several times to the referee in front of the cameras of Canal Plus. “It’s been twice sir,” even added a teammate from Urdapilleta, who came to the aid of his number 10, feeling that the request had a good chance of making a pschitt. The Castres in question had also been right, since the referee barely paid attention to the disputes of the two players from Castres, and in particular Urdapilletta, very quickly sent back to his… 22 meters by M.Cayre. “Already one, I hadn’t heard and I don’t think that’s what makes you slip”. “We lacked efficiency in the concretization”, regretted after the meeting the manager of Castres Pierre-Henry Broncan, without forgetting to mention “a missed penalty”. A penalty that the zapping of the day welcomed with the greatest pleasure.