The image has been talked about a lot.
And the criticisms have been numerous.
During last Sunday's match against Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Racing 92 international winger Teddy Thomas was singled out for his gesture interpreted as chambering on the Argentine winger Santiago Cordero (he was signaling him to come to him).
This Thursday, at a press conference, Ile-de-France manager Laurent Travers came to support his player.
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Of course we talked about it, it is a question of ignoring all that.
The important thing is that we know what we can improve.
There is nothing to worry about there.
But I repeat: some should refresh their memory a little,
said the technician from Altoséquanais.
Because before criticizing or speaking, some should remember the actions that have been done, by themselves or by others.
Before criticizing the opponent, we look at ourselves.
This is what we are doing.
Teddy is a big boy, he is surrounded by good people.
What he did is not dramatic
Also questioned on the subject, the international scrum half Maxime Machenaud confided: “
I think Teddy is a big boy, that he is well surrounded. What he did is not dramatic. He knows what he's done, who he is. We're all behind him. I don't worry about him. Critics, there will always be. On our side, we are quite critical of ourselves.
And the third-line Baptiste Chouzenoux to add: “
It affected us that these criticisms are targeted on a single player.
The defeat is collective.
It was hard for him, I think, but also for the whole group to see the relentlessness that there was on Teddy.
We all missed out in the second half.
A gesture was interpreted, it was taken badly.
I know Teddy well, I don't think he wanted to chamber a player.
I'm not saying it was good, but the reactions were tough.