WATCH | Bizarre scenes as Fijian player red-carded for lifting up French referee

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Josaia Raisuqe lifting referee Laurent Millotte during a French D2 rugby match.
Josaia Raisuqe lifting referee Laurent Millotte during a French D2 rugby match.

Coach of French second division club Nevers Xavier Pemeja said Fijian winger Josaia Raisuqe lifting the referee into the air was unacceptable after Friday's win at Beziers.

Raisuqe grabbed official Laurent Millotte by the waist and lifted him off his feet as he celebrated the 30-25 Pro D2 victory before being sent off.

"It's intolerable. He'll be punished by the league's disciplinary committee," Pemeja told Canal+ television.

"I'll deal with him. I can't accept it. What happened at the end there it's going to be very bad," he added.

Raisuqe, 26, who is automatically suspended after the red card, joined the club in 2017 after two seasons with top-flight Stade Francais where he scored three tries in 11 games.

In July 2017 he was sacked by the Parisian outfit after he was accused of sexual assault which he denied.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Rajasthan Royals 217/7
Punjab Kings 221/6
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
41% - 13272 votes
12% - 4031 votes
19% - 6091 votes
3% - 838 votes
1% - 323 votes
2% - 768 votes
5% - 1655 votes
8% - 2757 votes
4% - 1146 votes
Water sports
1% - 301 votes
American sports
1% - 407 votes
3% - 1098 votes