FORMER England hooker Brian Moore has waded into the Gloucester/Bath row and insists referee Tim Wigglesworth was not to blame for what happened at Kingsholm on Saturday.
Moore, a World Cup runner-up with his country in 1991, says that Wigglesworth had little choice but to send off two Gloucester players and send a further five players to the sin bin.
Three Bath players and two Gloucester players saw yellow in a game won 18-17 by the visitors after they were awarded a late penalty try.
Moore insists all the cards were justifiable although he accepts that possibly Jonny May and not Mike Tindall should have been sent to the bin in the closing stages.
Writing in his regular column in the Daily Telegraph, Moore says: "The fact that cumulatively the card count was huge and left Gloucexster with something approaching a sevens side is not the referee's fault. It is the fault of the players who contrived to commit one horrendous high tackle, cynically killed the ball in the red zone or dealt out punches as if in a bar brawl.
"Tell me this - what is a referee supposed to do when this happens?"
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