Category: Rugby

England prop Joe Marler has been banned for two matches and fined £20,000 for calling Wales forward Samson Lee “Gypsy boy”.

Marler, 25, had avoided punishment by Six Nations organisers, but World Rugby conducted its own investigation.

Six Nations Rugby said it “has no difficulty” with being overruled by the game’s global governing body.

The Rugby Football Union said Marler would not appeal against the decision and considered the matter closed.

Marler made the comment in England’s Six Nations win over Wales in March and had an apology accepted by Scarlets prop Lee, who is from the Traveller community.

World Rugby said it had “exercised its right to take appropriate action before an independent judicial committee in the absence of such a process by Six Nations Rugby in accordance with the regulations”.

Source: Joe Marler: World Rugby bans prop for ‘Gypsy boy’ comment at Samson Lee – BBC Sport

Fights broke out in the stands of a rugby league match after players jumped into the crowd to protect wives and children who were being squashed by their own fans. Pictured is New Zealander player Junior S’au

A mass brawl broke out in the stands of a rugby league match after players jumped into the crowd to protect wives and children who were being squashed by their own fans.

The incident occurred at the end of a First Utility Super League match between the Salford Red Devils and Huddersfield Giants at the West Yorkshire club’s John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon.

Players from Salford, including Junior S’au and Justin Carney, rushed over to where their own fans were located in the ground in response to cries from help from women and children situated near the front of the stand who were being pushed and squashed by those behind them.

Salford head coach Ian Watson confirmed that players had gone into the crowd to protect family members, and that the children of Carney and team conditioner Greg Brown had been ‘left shaken’ by the melee.

In an official statement, Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash said: ‘I want to apologise to the Huddersfield Giants and to all the decent fans at the game today.

‘We will work closely with the Giants and the RFL in our investigation and this minority of thugs responsible will be identified and dealt with by the Club in the coming days. There is no place in Rugby League for them.’

Salford fan Lesley Kaneen attended the game with her elderly father and told the MailOnline how the players had rushed to the aid of their families.

‘There were young children crying their eyes out, frightened to death – it was just horrible. The wife of Salford player Junior S’au was in the crowd clutching her young baby to her chest and you’ve got these idiots behind stupid and pushing and shoving.

‘They were a bunch of mindless idiots in the crowd who have nothing at all to do with Salford and they were out to cause trouble from the start,’ she said.

‘It’s a tradition for the players to come over to the fans at the end of the game after they’ve won and to the credit of the families of the players, they actually sit with all the fans. But they were being pushed and shoved by these thugs and the players, rightly in my mind, jumped in to defend them.’

Source: Fight breaks out at Salford Red Devils and Huddersfield Giants match | Daily Mail Online

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