Kiwi rugby referee under fire for appearing to CELEBRATE a Fiji attempt during clash with Australia

Kiwi rugby referee comes under fire for Fiji attempt to CELEBRATE during World Cup clash with Australia

  • New Zealand referee Ben O & Keeffe seemed to congratulate a Fiji player
  • After an attempt, he was seen as & # 39; low five & # 39; Fiji fullback Kini Murimurivalu
  • Football fans were divided about the problem, and some claimed it was a & # 39; bad look & # 39; used to be
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A rugby referee from New Zealand came under fire after congratulating a Fiji player after his team scored a try during a World Cup collision with Australia.

Kiwi referee Ben O & # 39; Keeffe was caught on camera apparently giving a & # 39; low five & # 39; to Fijian fullback Kini Murimurivalu after his team ran 21-12 ahead.

The controversial moment came after the Fiji winger Waisea Nayacalevu crossed the line on Saturday for a full crowd in Sapporo, Japan.

The act left O & Keeffe wide open for criticism, with rugby fans going to social media to accuse the 30-year-old of showing favoritism to the underdogs.

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New Zealand referee Ben O & # 39; Keeffe (in red) seemed to Fiji & # 39; s fullback after attempting to give a low-five

New Zealand referee Ben O & # 39; Keeffe (in red) seemed to Fiji & # 39; s fullback after attempting to give a low-five

& # 39; Professional referees should not do this, they can be viewed as biased. How would you take it if it was an Australian referee who celebrated a try against the all blacks? & # 39; questioned.

& # 39; He shouldn't have done it – honest and simple. He was wrong, & # 39; wrote a second.

& # 39; Not the only bad call he made in that game, & # 39; added a third.

Cheeky fans have quickly hijacked and written the official Wikipedia page of O & # 39; Keeffe: & # 39; Ben O & # 39; Keeffe is an eye doctor (eye specialist) on weekdays and a blind rugby union referee at the weekend. & # 39;

But some rugby fans said they didn't see a problem with the gesture.

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& # 39; As a ref and rugby man you can sometimes only congratulate a great piece! Nothing to do with impartiality, only a natural response, & a person explained.

& # 39; Just a Kiwi that is a Kiwi, & # 39; another mused.

Despite the early setback, the Wallabies won the game 39-21.

O & # 39; Keeffe will be France vs. US referee on October 2 and Japan vs. Scotland on October 13.

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O & # 39; Keeffe (photo) was accused of showing favoritism to the underdog team

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