Wasps head coach Lee Blackett shared his thoughts on what has been claimed to be an eye-gouging incident during last night’s match against Newcastle Falcons.
Having played his part in successfully holding up Josh Bassett over the goalline in the first half, Falcons winger Mateo Carreras appeared to make contact with the Wasps winger’s eyes.
The incident was immediately flagged to the officials but play resumed, with television match commentators saying it was ‘marked as a potential citing incident’.
Wasps managed to keep their cool and overturn a half-time 12-point deficit to defeat Newcastle 20-18 at Kingston Park.
Speaking after the match, Blackett said: “I’ve not even been back in the dressing room so the first time I saw it was on TV. But it didn’t look great did it?”
Wasps supporters vented their frustrations on social media over the moment not being dealt with during the match.
Blackett had some sympathy with the officials, he said: “I believe it was looked at in the game, I don’t have the ref mic on but I thought it was looked at, and I didn’t see anything clear.
“Now we’re talking about trying to see something in 20 seconds and the pictures I saw, you’re trying to zoom in and magnify everything and certain angles.
“Unless it’s clear and obvious… I can see why the TMO might not pick it up originally and then if you’ve got five, six minutes later you might pick it up.”
Blackett added: “Josh was pretty frustrated at the time and pretty frustrated at half-time. But it is what it is, it didn’t look great did it?”
Newcastle boss Dean Richards was shown the Carreras/Bassett moment pitchside by BT Sport. He later said: “I haven’t seen it, I’ll have a look at it later. I know a few people are making a big deal about it but I haven’t seen it so I’ll have a look later.”
If Carreras is cited for intentional contact with the eyes, a mid-range entry point for a suspension is 18 weeks, the lower end is 12 weeks and a top end is 24 weeks and over.