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Owen Farrell and Referee Luke Pearce Clash in Heated Premiership Encounter

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Nov 27, 2023

In a Gallagher Premiership clash between Saracens and Bristol Bears, England star Owen Farrell found himself at the centre of controversy, engaging in a heated exchange with referee Luke Pearce.

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The incident occurred during Saracens’ 39-31 victory over the Bears, where Farrell had a challenging day, missing a personal record of six kicks at goal.

The turning point took place just shy of the hour mark when Farrell, frustrated by what he perceived as repeated infringements by the opposition, remarked to Pearce, “That’s three at the maul.” In response, the English official delivered a sarcastic retort, saying, “Thanks, I can count.”

Farrell, clearly displeased with Pearce’s tone, retorted, “Don’t be rude to me. There’s no need to be rude to me.” Pearce defended himself, denying any rudeness and asserting that he didn’t require Farrell’s assistance in refereeing the match.

The exchange has sparked a debate among fans, with some suggesting that Farrell was unfairly targeted due to his status as a prominent player.

One fan expressed curiosity about how people would react if the comments were directed at a captain other than Owen Farrell, arguing that the scrutiny on Farrell seems excessive. Another echoed this sentiment, questioning whether Pearce would react similarly with other players or captains worldwide.

On the contrary, some supporters believed that Pearce was justified in dismissing Farrell’s attempts to influence him. They argued that Farrell’s past infringements and his reluctance to conform to the media-friendly image might be influencing perceptions of the incident.

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The match result leaves Saracens in second place in the Premiership standings, trailing leaders Sale Sharks by three points.

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