Sunday 15 September 2019

Earls issues apology after EPCR query tackle talk

Keith Earls will start against Leicester
Keith Earls will start against Leicester
David Kelly

David Kelly

Munster's Keith Earls has reiterated an apology to Glasgow player Fraser Brown after a potential threat of further disciplinary action from Champions Cup organisers EPCR following a "poorly worded" interview on Ireland duty.

Earls was red-carded for a tip tackle on Glasgow's hooker during their Thomond Park clash a month ago and later apologised to the player in person before expressing remorse at a disciplinary hearing.

However, he subsequently claimed that Brown "could have done a bit more to save the impact" and that he had felt cheated leaving the Limerick pitch, specifically as the game took place only a day after the burial of his former colleague, Anthony Foley.

"In a poorly worded interview on my part I failed to acknowledge that I apologised to Fraser Brown for my actions during the Munster v Glasgow Warriors game," said Earls.

"I also failed to confirm that I acknowledged I had committed an act of foul play, and fully accepted the corresponding sanction, apologising to Glasgow Warriors and EPCR for my conduct.

"I have since written to EPCR once again confirming my acceptance of the disciplinary decision and outcome.

"I have also addressed the misunderstanding directly with Fraser and unreservedly apologised again for my actions and the wording I used during the interview.

"I hope this paints a clearer picture for all and I believe it is important October 22 in Thomond Park is remembered for the right reasons and not for something I deeply regret."

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