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Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

"hey Gypsy boy, f*** off back to your caravan" - is this what he said then?
All I've ever heard was "hey gypsy boy", which seemed simply to be a very effective way of getting Lee's attention and stopping him from manhandling his captain.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

"Perhaps it is the media padding the situation" - I bet it is, the scumbags. The amount of hypocrisy, hysteria and jealousy of so many journalists is truly revolting. I can quite understand why dictators clamp down on them. If I ever come to power in a ruthless bloody coup, "journalists" who write this type of shite wil be the first group of people up against the wall.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I think the line that needs to be drawn is that offence is taken, not given. Consequently, this business of taking offence on someone else's behalf has to stop. Because it weakens / dilutes / trivialises real issues.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

First I've heard of any "go back to your..." comments.
The only thing I heard was "hey gypsy boy", which seemed to be said purely as a way of getting Samson Lee's attention and to stop him harassing Hartley - both of which were achieved.
Who else said what then? "Fuck off back to London" doesn't make any sense seeing as they were in London at the time - was this said by a prop?
I heard Conor O'Shea reported that Lee called Marler a "posh English cunt", which again as far as I'm concerned is mildly amusing, mostly for the idea of describing Marler as posh, and completely inoffensive.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I want Joe Marler to completely take the piss with the charity donation. If only there were some charity fund that assists local councils with the massive financial burden of legal bills incurred in getting law-breaking travellers to move on from illegally occupied and developed green-belt land.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I've had enough of this bullshit now. As if a big enough mountain hadn't already been made out of this insignificant molehill, banning AND FINING the player is just ridiculous. All this is doing is trivialising what is meant by racist abuse. There is enough real racial discrimination and injustice going on in the world without organisations vicariously inventing offence out of thin air.

World Rugby would be better advised to focus its attention on sorting out crooked scrum feeds than fighting imaginary bogeymen.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Actually, I want to clarify my last comment, because even "pikey" is hardly an ethnic insult. It is usually used in a derogatory way, which is the distinction I was making.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Colombes, Upvoted for the last sentence in particular. ?

Applying your second paragraph to this caase:
Ethnic insult = pikey, which if you ask me is hardly offensive either and in fact can be hilarious, as epitomised in the film Snatch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIcbIxm5z48.

Completely harmless banter = “hey, gypsy boy”.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

I see Joe Marler's been hit with a £20,000 fine and a two-match ban for the Gypsygate scandal...
That is absolutely insane.
If this is the new normal, then this piece of shit should be looking at a fine in the region of £100k/€150k and at least a year out of the game.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

Eddie - do you see any public apology on this page:
https://twitter.com/pocockdavid

There's your answer mate. The rules are simple, if you want leniency, get your Twitter apology in early.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago