USON Nevers’ Josaia Raisuqe lifted up referee Laurent Millotte like he was the Lion King and it was not well received.
Nevers claimed a 25-30 victory over Beziers in Friday's PROD2 action.
In the final moments of the game Nevers held out for victory with Beziers looking to claim a late try and the Nevers players were delighted – with Josaia Raisuqe in particular unable to contain his emotions.
The former-Stade Francais player picked the referee up and lifted him above his head and into the air.
Unfortunately for Raisuqe, referee Laurent Millotte did not see it for the light-hearted move that it was perhaps intended and promptly sent him off.
When you have watched the Lion King too many times during x-mas and it costs you a red card 😂 🟥pic.twitter.com/QeX6inU5HW— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) January 9, 2021
And the award for the stupidest red card in rugby history goes to...— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) January 9, 2021
Josaia Raisuqe, Lion King 🦁
The red card was perhaps harsh given Raisuqe’s intentions and it ultimately ended his night on a sour note despite the impressive win for Nevers.
Nevers head coach Xavier Pemeja was quick to denounce the celebration by Raisuqe as unacceptable.
He said to Canal+: “It’s intolerable. He’ll be punished by the league’s disciplinary committee.
“I’ll deal with him. I can’t accept it. What happened at the end there, it’s going to be very bad.”
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