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Cardiff complain to URC over Bertranou injury at Lions

Cardiff have lodged an official complaint over alleged foul play by Lions that has left Gonzalo Bertranou facing surgery.

The scrum-half was forced off in the 19th minute of last week’s 34-13 defeat in Johannesburg with a serious head injury.

Cardiff have confirmed the Argentinian suffered a concussion and a fractured cheekbone and was undergoing surgery in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Head coach Matt Sherratt said the club complained the injury had been caused by a deliberate strike to the face by the unnamed Lions’ tackler.

However he said Cardiff were informed by United Rugby Championship (URC) there had not been a “clear and obvious” error by the match officials.

“I don’t usually say this but I wasn’t very happy with the action that led to the injury,” said Sherratt.

“It looked like a swinging arm [and] we’ve gone through the right channels with it.

“It was never going to be clear and obvious but I was gutted for him because it was a nasty injury.”

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