Friday 30 September 2016

England's Joe Marler banned for two games and fined €24,000 for 'Gypsy Boy' slur

Andrew Baldock

Published 05/04/2016 | 21:20

File photo dated 27-02-2016 of England's Joe Marler. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Joe Marler on Monday apologised for calling Wales prop Samson Lee a
File photo dated 27-02-2016 of England's Joe Marler. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Joe Marler on Monday apologised for calling Wales prop Samson Lee a "gypsy boy", and insisted he was not a racist ahead of a World Rugby misconduct hearing later today. See PA story RUGBYU Marler. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has been banned for two games after his "gypsy boy" slur against Wales forward Samson Lee during last month's RBS 6 Nations Championship game at Twickenham.

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A three-man independent judicial committee suspended Marler following a hearing in London, World Rugby announced. He was also fined £€24,000 - to be paid to a suitable equality charity - after a misconduct charge against him was upheld.

The 25-year-old, who has won 42 caps, had avoided any sanction from Six Nations chiefs and the Rugby Football Union following the March 12 incident, but World Rugby launched independent action.

World Rugby said the misconduct charge was "admitted in its entirety" by Marler.

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