World Rugby sets up an independent disputes committee to examine Spain v Belgium game

Belgium went on to win the controversial game over Spain 18-10
Belgium went on to win the controversial game over Spain 18-10

World Rugby has revealed that an independent disputes committee has been set up to examine the controversy-marred game between Spain and Belgium.

Spain, who were shocked with 18-10 defeat by Belgium in Brussels lodged a complaint last month with Spain coach Santiago Santos accusing referee Vlad Iordachescu on constantly stopping the play when they had the momentum and also pointed out a number of decisions given against them.

Following the game, there was a huge confrontation between the Spanish players and referee Iordachescu. With news on ineligible players participated in the game surfacing, World Rugby has set up investigations into the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championship that served as a platform for the 2019 World Cup qualification.

"Having considered all available information, the World Rugby executive committee and Rugby World Cup board felt that a replay would be in the best interests of the game," a statement from the governing body read.

"Given this information concerns potential breach of World Rugby regulations [regarding issue related to using ineligible players] and given the complexity and interconnectivity of the issues, a full and independent review is warranted," the statement continued.

"This is in the best interests of the sport, teams and fans and is fully supported by Rugby Europe."


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