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French lock Pape warned over 'exaggerated fall' during red-card incident

The Stade Francais second row didn’t cover himself in glory against Edinburgh.

STADE FRANCAIS AND former France second row Pascal Pape has been issued a warning over his ‘exaggerated fall’ to the ground in a Challenge Cup match against Edinburgh on Saturday.

The 120kg and 6ft 5in Pape dropped to the deck after receiving a slap to the face from Edinburgh inside centre Phil Burleigh 15 minutes into the second half, an incident which Burleigh was shown a straight red card for.

However, in an interesting response, the match citing commissioner, Ireland’s Eddie Wigglesworth, has warned Pape over his conduct which he said was in contravention of Law 10.4 (m) — Acts contrary to good sportsmanship.

Source: Hoffman Jackson/YouTube

Edinburgh, despite trailing 20-15 at the time of Burleigh’s dismissal, rallied to record a 28-23 win and continue their 100% record in the competition.

Burleigh, for his part, is due to face a disciplinary hearing later today to learn if he will face any further punishment for the slap.

You might also remember former France captain Pape for this knee to the back of Ireland No 8 Jamie Heaslip, which earned him a yellow card and later a 10-week ban, during the 2015 Six Nations.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Pape retired from international rugby after the 2015 Rugby World Cup with 86 caps to his name.

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