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Not even the most optimistic Saracens/England fan could've hoped for such a lenient, weak-kneed sanction

Neil Francis


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Saracens' Owen Farrell looks dejected after he was sent off for a late tackle on Wasps' Charlie Atkinson   Action Images/Paul Childs/File Photo

Saracens' Owen Farrell looks dejected after he was sent off for a late tackle on Wasps' Charlie Atkinson Action Images/Paul Childs/File Photo

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Saracens' Owen Farrell looks dejected after he was sent off for a late tackle on Wasps' Charlie Atkinson Action Images/Paul Childs/File Photo

Charlie Atkinson, the Wasps replacement out-half, had his head taken off by Owen Farrell at the weekend in a Premiership match played at Copthall Stadium in Hendon in the borough of Barnet.

The ground was formerly known as Allianz Park – but Allianz pulled their sponsorship after all the financial impropriety and fiduciary breaches last season – yet all their signs and logos are still there. Maybe it was impolite to leave before the season is over.

Just when you thought . . .