Rugby World Cup controversy as Spain lose out on automatic qualification after Belgium loss with Romanian referee… whose country make finals

SPAIN narrowly missed out on automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in extremely controversial circumstances after dropping 18-10 to Belgium.

As an alternative Romania completed second behind Georgia within the Rugby Europe Championship, with ugly scenes marring the encounter after the complete-time whistle in Brussels.

 There were ugly scenes after the full-time whistle between Spain and Belgium

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There have been ugly scenes after the complete-time whistle between Spain and Belgium
 Spain were infuriated with Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu whose country qualified for the Rugby World Cup

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Spain have been infuriated with Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu whose country certified for the Rugby World Cup
 Belgian players celebrate their 18-10 win as Spain narrowly missed out on automatic qualification

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Belgian gamers rejoice their 18-10 win as Spain narrowly missed out on automatic qualification

Santiago Santos' aspect have been infuriated with ROMANIAN referee Vlad Iordachescu, with gamers surrounding the official as teaching employees tried to restrain the squad.

The referee needed to be escorted off the Little Heysel pitch, with Spain angered by numerous his selections as properly as the exuberant celebrations from the jubilant Belgium squad.

Spain simply wanted a win to safe their place within the Rugby World Cup for the primary time since 1999, however completed only a level under Romania.

The Lions have been heavy favourites to ease previous Belgium after cruising to a 30-zero win in Madrid again in 2017, however did not settle towards Guillaume Ajac's males, who have been 12-zero up at half-time.

 Both sets of players confronted each other on the pitch at Little Heysel

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Each units of gamers confronted one another on the pitch at Little Heysel

 The referee had to be escorted from the pitch after being surrounded by the Spanish squad

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The referee needed to be escorted from the pitch after being surrounded by the Spanish squad

Spanish rugby federation president Alfonso Feijoo tweeted his disgust on the referee shortly after the competition.

He stated: "Everybody who has seen the sport will decide the referee. He gave 10 penalties towards us, the end result comes from that."

Jaime Nava, captain of Spain, stated: "I don't need to assume that rugby has been prostituted to go away us out.

"Once we have been assigned the Romanian referees, we have been shocked, however that is rugby, values are presupposed."

 Santiago Santos' side can still qualify through the playoffs

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Santiago Santos' aspect can nonetheless qualify via the playoffs

 Spanish players were left incensed with a number of decisions from Vlad Iordachescu

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Spanish gamers have been left incensed with quite a lot of selections from Vlad Iordachescu

He then provided his apologies to the ref for his aspect's actions, including: "I am captain and I apologise for the persecution of the referee.

"That ultimate picture doesn’t correspond to the game or the values of this group. It have to be understood that a part of this dream has been taken away from us."

Spain nonetheless have an opportunity at World Cup qualification, the place they need to beat Portugal in a playoff, then overcome a two-legged tie towards Samoa for a spot in Pool A alongside hosts Japan, Scotland, Romania and Grand Slam champions Eire.

Failure to beat Samoa would go away Santos' males to be concerned in a 4-staff repechage in November in a final try for qualification.

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SPAIN narrowly missed out on automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in extremely controversial circumstances after dropping 18-10 to Belgium.