England will be delighted at their captain’s reprieve but in the long term it could have serious repercussions for player welfare
Not since that jaw‑dropping moment last year when a court was told that Rebekah Vardy’s agent had lost her mobile phone in the North Sea has there been a more prolonged social media guffaw. “Owen Farrell has escaped a ban of any kind? Hahahahaha. No, honestly, stop messing about. What did he really get? You must be JOKING! That’s ridiculous.”
A similar conversation will have been unfolding on refereeing WhatsApp groups the world over and, almost certainly, within World Rugby’s corridors of supposed influence. Minus the laughing-face emojis. Because, theoretically, rugby union is a sport doing everything it can to portray itself as safe and responsible. Except that, in reality, its entire disciplinary system now looks totally unfit for purpose.
Written by Robert Kitson
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