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Irish rugby player Ian Madigan delivered a serious burn when someone gave out about women referees

“Did you watch the game live or on TV?”

Ian Madigan Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

IRISH RUGBY INTERNATIONAL Ian Madigan is currently playing for Bristol in the English Championship – and was man of the match in yesterday’s 56-19 victory over the Cornish Pirates.

This becomes important later.

An innocuous-looking discussion started up on Twitter about how well Bristol had played

One of the responses to the tweet from a “Chris” took issue with the women who were officiating the game


Bristol player Ian Madigan spotted the tweet, and called it “rubbish”

chrissie3 Source: @Ian_madigan

And this is where it becomes an absolute mess.

Instead of discussing the issue itself, Chris questioned Ian Madigan about whether he had seen the game live or on TV



Madigan had a serious comeback

waslive Source: @Ian_Madigan

madser Source: RWC

It got worse from there.

So many people dropped in to remind him he was tweeting the man of the match who played in the game he was talking about. He then revealed HE HADN’T EVEN WATCHED THE WHOLE THING


The official Bristol Rugby Club account got their own dig in too. Why even mention their gender?

bristol23 Source: Twitter

The exchange was, of course, screenshotted and went viral thanks to the ridiculous levels of facepalm involved

proper2 Source: @GLove39

Ian Madigan with one of the burns of the year

Everyone, reading that thread

madser Source: RWC

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