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Rugby referee Craig Joubert is just the man to sort out Syria

So what if that Twickenham penalty was a mistake. If he can make the English feel sorry for the Scots he can do anything

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

Not since Walter Palmer, a cudddly Minnesota dentist, put down his drill and vanished off the face of the earth having made sure that Cecil the Lion took a crossbow bolt for the team, has there been a disappearance quite like it. I refer of course to Craig Joubert, the hapless Durban-born referee last seen leaving scorch marks in the Twickenham turf as he sprinted for safety after mistakenly (as it turns out) awarding the Australians a penalty in the last minute of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland.

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