Joe Marler has received his punishment for the "gypsy boy" incident 6 years ago

Joe Marler has received his punishment for the "gypsy boy" incident

World Rugby have made their decision, Joe Marler's getting a suspension and a fine.

Marler directed the insult at his Welsh rival and although he apologised shortly after the match and was cleared by Six Nations officials, World Rugby stepped in.

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At the England prop's hearing on Tusday, they found him to have breached Regulation 20 and the code of conduct, which "cover statements that are unsporting and/or insulting and/or discriminatory by reason of race or ethnic origin which bring or have the potential to bring the game into disrepute".

As a result, they handed Marler a two-match ban and fined him £20,000 which is to be paid to a suitable equality charity. The statement provided the following reasoning for the ban:

  • That Marler had used unsporting and discriminatory language towards Lee
  • That by his actions, Marler had breached World Rugby Regulation 20 and the code of conduct and brought the game into disrepute
  • That Marler was proactive in apologising to Lee at half-time during the match and that he subsequently issued a public and unreserved apology for his comments
  • That Marler is a person of good character and had no similar misconduct charges
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