Joe Marler reprimanded but not suspended over James Haskell fight

first_imgThe warning will remain on Marler’s record for five years and will be taken into consideration in any future disciplinary hearings but he will not be banned after the citing commissioner did not deem the offence worthy of a red card. Haskell does not face further action after he was shown a yellow card.The incident occurred in the 20th minute of Sunday’s Premiership match with Marler pulling at Haskell’s scrum cap before the Wasps flanker threw him to the ground, where the pair continued to wrestle before they were separated. As Haskell attempted to walk off Marler squirted him in the face with water from a bottle he was holding, much to the former Wasps captain’s anger. Haskell reacted furiously by grabbing Marler around the neck and throat and the referee, Andrew Jackson, after reviewing the footage, sent Haskell to the sin-bin.Marler stayed on the pitch until going off with a rib injury in the second half and the Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, was incensed by the Harlequins tighthead’s antics. “If someone rips your hat off and squirts water in your face, what do you expect?” Young said. “I thought it was very harsh on Hask. There comes a time when you’ve got to look at the guys who spark these things off. Of course someone is going to take exception to someone ripping their hat off and squirting water in their face.”It is understood Marler does not have any other warnings of this type on his record but he has had disciplinary issues. He was banned for two weeks and fined £20,000 for calling Wales’s Samson Lee “Gypsy boy” during a 2016 Six Nations match and less than a month later he received a two-week ban for kicking the Grenoble hooker Arnaud Héguy in the head. Share via Email Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Joe Marler has been reprimanded for his spat with James Haskell during Harlequins’ victory against Wasps but the England prop is not facing a suspension.Marler has been given a citing commissioner’s warning for his role in the incident – pulling at Haskell’s scrum cap and squirting his England and Lions team‑mate with water – in an acknowledgement that the 27-year-old was deserving of a yellow card at the time. Marler’s actions were considered to be contrary to good sportsmanship. Share on Pinterest Wasps Harlequins Support The Guardian Topics Premiership, Pro14, international and Premier 15s rugby union talking points Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter news Read more Share on Messenger Rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Premiershiplast_img

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