We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 09:54 | 6/4/16

Marler banned for slur

England prop Joe Marler has been banned for two matches and fined £20,000 for his 'gypsy boy' slur on Wales forward Samson Lee.

Marler avoided any sanction from Six Nations chiefs and the Rugby Football Union following the incident in the RBS Six Nations match between the two sides on March 12.

The England player apologised to Lee at half-time but World Rugby launched an investigation into the matter and subsequently charged the 25-year-old with misconduct.

"Joe Marler has been suspended for two matches and fined £20,000 to be paid to a suitable equality charity in the UK after an independent judicial committee upheld a misconduct charge against the player at a hearing in London today," World Rugby said in a statement.

"A misconduct charge was brought by World Rugby against Marler in relation to a breach of Regulation 20 and the code of conduct, for comments made towards Samson Lee during the England versus Wales RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham on 12 March.

"Regulation 20 and the code of conduct both 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.

"The charge was admitted in its entirety by Marler and upheld by the independent judicial panel comprising Terry Willis (chair, Australia), Jean-Noel Couraud (France) and Alan Hudson (Canada)."

The statement continued: "Following a full review of all the evidence, including a detailed analysis of the broadcast feed, referee microphone, statements and submissions on behalf of Marler by his representative Mark Milliken-Smith QC, and World Rugby, the committee found:

"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."

Marler has a right to appeal but the prop has accepted the decision and will miss Harlequins European Challenge Cup quarter-final against London Irish as well as the Aviva Premiership clash with Saracens.

"We acknowledge the outcome of today's hearing," an RFU spokesman said. "The decision will not be appealed, and we now consider the matter closed.

"Our views on the subject are already on the record. We will not be making any further comment."

Connacht's top four hopes dashed after Glasgow defeat

20:50 | Today

Connacht's hopes of earning a place in next season's Champions Cup took a massive knock after they were defeated 35-24 by 14-man Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 a...

Munster enjoy bonus-point romp at Zebre

16:10 | Today

Munster ran in seven tries as they ruthlessly dispatched Zebre 50-14 in a one-sided Guinness Pro12 clash in Parma.

Leinster squeeze past Cardiff Blues

17:25 | Today

Leinster have moved to the top of the Guinness Pro12 table after they edged Cardiff Blues by 22-21 in a topsy-turvy contest at the RDS.

Kiss delighted by Ulster win

23:30 | 24/3/17

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss feels his side "held their nerve at the right times" during Friday's 27-17 win over Newport Gwent-Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Double blow for Leinster

14:11 | 24/3/17

Leinster have been dealt a blow with the news that both Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney will be sidelined for 'a number of weeks'.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.