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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.

5 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”.

5 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.

5 Months, 2 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.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

I absolutely concur. What is the biggest ban anyone has copped for an eye gouge? That should be the sanction here. And I am not being facetious. It is that heinous in my opinion. If you want to abuse officials, piss off and play football. This kind of behaviour, along with "simulation", is why I find it so difficult to enjoy watching football these days. Clamp down on this immediately or it will become an irrepressible plague.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

DrG, Ten, Well done, you actually made me laugh out loud. :)
You can't Suarez someone wearing a gum shield - that is brilliant!

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

"That's std assault." - is it? I thought STD assault was when you gave someone gonorrhoea...

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

Ahaa!! He is a bastard after all! Had a suspicion that the legend of Pocock was a bit too good to be true...

I know it's a different sport, but the "tapping out" thing is a pretty universal code and it's strange that Pocock seemingly chose to ignore that.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

99 years! They don't mess about do they? Bloody right too, for such a despicable act.

Still, I have to say, Martinez will be kicking himself (awesome pun, thank you), that he didn't post an apology on Twitter straight after the game.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I don't think Watson can have any complaints here. You can't blame the sly run by Ashton, he (Ashton) didn't change the direction of his run, which is what would count as blocking. He changed his pace, but that's allowed. It's the kind of thing that is done several times per game.

I'm not happy with Watson remonstrating with the fourth official like that. Very footballery.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago