Bad boy Armitage on the receiving end for Irish at Newcastle
London Irish and England full-back Delon Armitage faces the possibility of further disciplinary proceedings after a bad-tempered game at Newcastle.
Armitage, who has had his fair share
of brushes with the rugby authorities, was possibly more sinned against
than the sinner in his side's 19-10 defeat at Newcastle – a result which
keeps alive the Falcons' faint hopes of avoiding relegation.
Armitage was felled by a punch by
Falcons lock Adriaan Fondse which led to the South African being sent
off in the 60th minute by referee JP Doyle after the intervention of his
In the thick of it: Delon Armitage talks to a line-judge during the Newcastle game
Armitage was left on the ground holding his head but was roundly booed by the crowd who clearly felt he had made more of the incident then he needed to.
The Falcons fans were further incensed when Armitage charged into a tackle later in the game and appeared to short-arm Newcastle centre James Fitzpatrick.
There was no penalty and the referee either did not see the incident or possibly felt there was nothing wrong with the tackle, but many of the crowd disagreed and there is the possibility Armitage could be cited if the independent match commissioner feels there is a case to answer.
Squaring up: Newcastle forward Mark Wilson (second right) has words with Delon Armitage
It was also Armitage's pass that was intercepted by Newcastle wing Ryan Shortland for the crucial Falcons try. London Irish head coach Toby Booth was in no doubt that Armitage had been struck.
'I've seen it and I don't think the referee had any choice. It was a punch,' he said.
Newcastle's director of rugby Gary Gold added: 'I haven't seen the incident, but I'm sure the referee is not going to make a red card decision very easily and I'm very disappointed.
'Our backs are against the wall and that is one of things you can control and I will be very disappointed if we have let ourselves down.'