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Cape Town - Sport24 readers have blasted the Eben Etzebeth citing as a storm in a tea cup, petty officialdom or a sinister plot by the English.

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VIDEO: Eben Etzebeth cited


Here's what Sport24 readers had to say about the incident:

"In the good old days when men were made of steel and ships were made of wood, a good kiss-my-palm hand-off will be an eye gouging to these toffee-nosed NH citing officials!"
- thomas.cannon712

"Only a guy with an agenda would look for something here, the player who supposed to have received this didn't even complain!" - TC

"Watched the video 10 times. I could see no contact with the eyes. Looks like a legitimate holding up of a player to me. The English administrators at the IRB are trying to neutralise the world's best lock."
- Juju.Malema.792

"To me the video shows Ebens hands around the Scots arms/shoulders. The Scot was trying to go to ground and was being held up by several boks. His arms were being pulled up while his body was going down so his arms naturally were up on the side on his face where Ebens hands were holding him. Does not look like an eye gouging to me."
- simon.berry.925

"What do you expect from the NH. They're all so soppy." - aj.vandermerwe.7

"Pathetic from the rugby officials! They pick on Etzebeth because they see that he will dominate world rugby for a long time. Bakkies had the same problem - he got 9 week suspensions for cleaning a ruck exactly like all other players do. He just did it harder. Hands off Etzebeth."
- gert.swart.393

"His hand was around the man's chin - a wrestling move and nothing illegal." - GS

"I saw it, he only removed his eye shadow." - johan.jacobs.5680

"AND he used a KLEENEX WET WIPE!" - Art5SA

"This a bunch of nonsense! Seriously what contact?"
- Bheki.Cele.1650

"I have a serious problem with this so called citing intervention. As far as I can recall there was no mention of the incident on the field of play , did the Scottish player approach the offical? I cant recall. If that was not the case, from where does the citing offical receive the complaint?" - geraldsnr ray

"Interesting. No mention or complaint during the game, 48hrs later he gets cited by a pom. Guess they need all the help they can get."
- nick.spangenberg.52

"The citing officer should lose his job." - claude.felbert

"The person who cited Eben should be embarrassed and hang his head in shame." - james.m.dewet

"Saw the incident. Watched it a few times over, but still can't figure out why that particular incident was singled out. There was really nothing in it."
- Wade.Johnson.58726

"What a JOKE!"
- sean.wolf3388

"Rumours are that the citing commisioner is English. So maybe they looking for a way to expel him from Saturday's game. Even a black London cab cannot knock Ysterbeth down. I agree with the chaps below, they was no malicious intent or actual contact, a slip maybe, yes. Wanna see eye gouging, rewind back to Schalk Burger on his 50th test against the BI Lions...that was a genuine incident!" - michel.hendrickse.58

"Kick him out of the Bok's now. He's a clown and following in the footsteps of that clown Bakkies." - Qball

"You go Eben! Bakkies is gone, now it’s your turn to be the enforcer. Force respect into these guys even if it’s by force." - Sakkie.Sarel.9

"Hahaha... and we complained about Bakkies... He is 21 and he is already building a name for himself."
- leisure.larry

"Eben Etzebeth seems to be a rare physical specimen even by international standards. With his size and power, he really does not have to strut his stuff. That is what palookas do after a few beers in a bar. In this early phase of his career, he should not look to Bakkies Botha. Play hard and uncompromising, but never take cheap shots. Be a gentleman Mr. Etzebeth, you are scary enough as you are." - rocco.dewet.3

"Haven't seen the incident but will be disappointing if he gets his second ban of the season." - byron.wright.107


Is Eben Etzebeth being unfairly targeted? (Gallo Images)

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