CHRONICLE OF OVALIE. Top 14: Is Matthieu Jalibert really defensible after his provocative gesture addressed to Grégory Alldritt?

CHRONICLE OF OVALIE. Top 14: Is Matthieu Jalibert really defensible after his provocative gesture addressed to Grégory Alldritt?
CHRONICLE OF OVALIE. Top 14: Is Matthieu Jalibert really defensible after his provocative gesture addressed to Grégory Alldritt?

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It’s incredible this immutable ability that the supporter has to open another file in parallel, for lack of arguments to deal with the first file. So let’s take the Jalibert affair, the epicenter of the earthquake which affected the famous values ​​of our sport. Question: Was Jalibert wrong? Response from certain social networks: it is the test received by Alldritt which is stupid.

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Downright ? There is certainly an error on the third line from La Rochelle. It can even be explainable (the third row seems without oxygen; was it his place to be there?; did a teammate at least warn him of the danger?). But from there to qualifying this error as stupid? A little common sense, please.

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Let’s return to our question. Was Jalibert wrong? Yes, replied Richard Dourthe, Canal + consultant. Another part of social networks then opened another file, recalling the past of Richard Dourthe, a hot-tempered player. But today, the latter is a consultant and provides answers to certain questions. If, each time, someone disagrees with the former international center, should we go back twenty years to say that they are not in the best position to make a judgment? Let’s close these two files which should never have been opened to return to our main subject.

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Was Jalibert wrong? Yes. Without a doubt. We don’t do that on a field. And even less to one of the captains of the France team with recognized humility. Yes Jalibert is guilty. As are Greg Alldritt’s teammates since none of them went to grab Jalibert by the collar, without violence, to tell him that his action was inconceivable. At the risk of sounding like an old fool, let’s add that a few years ago, Jalibert would have been punished by following.

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So yes Jalibert, a repeat offender in this matter (Dumora affair) is not defensible even if he apologized. And he will now be able to judge his new love rating, in the following weeks, on the pitches of France…

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