The anxiety of the supporters of the XV of France has turned into digital violence for some. The captain of Namibia Johan Deysel, whose intervention in the second half of the World Cup match lost against the Blues (96-0) injured Antoine Dupont, was victim in the evening of Thursday of cyberharassment on his Instagram account.
Several Internet users attacked the three-quarters center, guilty in their eyes of having voluntarily injured the captain tricolor at the beginning of the second half. One of them calls him a "butcher", while another user of the social network believes that Johan Deysel did so to help South Africa, neighboring Namibia and potential opponent of the Blues in the quarterfinals. But other netizens reframe them by calling for "being respectful even in the hardest moments".
The French Rugby Federation supports him
"Please remain smart and respectful and stop spreading our messages of hate. This is not rugby, wrote, faced with the scale of online attacks, on the night of Thursday to Friday the French Rugby Federation (FFR) on the Instagram post where was taken to task the former player of Colomiers (Pro D2). All our support, Johan. »
The latter first received a yellow card, synonymous with a temporary exclusion of ten minutes. Before receiving, while serving his sanction, a red after analyzing the images on video.
#RWC2023 | 🟧 While they thought they had scored a try, the Namibians were finally penalized after a head-to-head collision. Antoine Dupont got up, but he gave up his place. The referee pulls out a yellow card that could turn red.
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The 31-year-old did not come to speak at a press conference after the match played at the Velodrome in Marseille. "It wasn't intentional, it happened so quickly. Dupont is not the tallest man in the world, defended his coach, Allister Coetzee. Johan is a clean player, a good defender. He has never had a card before. It's not unfair, but it's a shame it happened to him. »
"It's head-to-head, head-to-head shock, it's rugby. He does not bend down enough and takes Antoine in full head, says the back tricolor Melvyn Jaminet. It's a bad move on the action, there's nothing you can do about it. »
Hit in the face in this head-to-head collision, the Stade Toulousain player was forced off the field in the 46th minute. Then, he had to leave the Velodrome to undergo tests at the hospital. According to our information, the staff gives itself 48 hours but fears an absence of four weeks after this injury of the orbital floor. It is now a question of waiting for the hematoma to deflate to be fixed.