A 16-month suspension could have ended this rugby player’s career

Wednesday April 20th, 2016

Silvère Tian’s quick temper may have ended his career. 

Tian, a fullback for Oyonnax in the French Top 14 rugby league, was dealt a 16-month suspension on Wednesday for going after a ref in a match earlier this month. He isn’t eligible to return until July 1, 2017. 

During a game against Grenoble on April 2, Tian was ticked off to have been given a yellow card and allegedly insulted and threatened referee Romain Poite. Poite decided that was worth a red card, and that’s where things got really interesting, as Tian had to be restrained by security.

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When the suspension is up, Tian will be just a couple weeks shy of his 37th birthday and will be a free agent, so it’s quite possible that the video above is his last appearance as a professional rugby player. What a way to go out.

- Dan Gartland

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