February 10 2012
The International Rugby Board and Six Nations have backed Referee Wayne Barnes over the penalty decision which led to Ireland's Stephen Ferris being yellow carded against Wales last weekend ....
An Independent Six Nations Disciplinary Panel has already not upheld the citing but the IRB’s match officials performance review endorsed Barnes' decision to award a penalty.
They say: "On first viewing the panel could understand exactly how the match referee came to his decision. In dismissing the citing no criticism of the referee’s on field decision should be taken or inferred. It was only after careful and prolonged analysis of the dynamics of the contact, including slow motion and step by step viewing, that the committee was able to see the strength of the submissions made in favour of Stephen Ferris.
"All match officials are selected for International competition on merit. Performances are reviewed on an ongoing basis and taken into consideration when appointments are made for future international competitions.
"Neither organisation will make any further comment on this matter."