New Footage Emerges Of Joe Marler Telling Samson Lee ‘Get Back In His Caravan’
Joe Marler escaped punishment from the Six Nations for his ‘Gypsy Boy’ slur, but is currently under investigation from World Rugby.
Joe Marler’s hopes of escaping a lengthy ban for calling Samson Lee a ‘gypsy boy’ have suffered a major setback with the emergence of a video appearing to show him telling his opponent to ‘get back to your caravan’.
The England prop is facing a World Rugby disciplinary panel for the incendiary comment during his side’s RBS 6 Nations win over Wales a fortnight ago, after he escaped punishment following a cursory investigation by tournament organisers.
That decision was overturned last week by World Rugby, who called on Marler to explain his remarks to an independent disciplinary panel.
A professional lip-reader who has studied a recording of the first-half incident says the England and Harlequins prop appears to tell Lee: ‘Ey you, gypsy boy! Yeah, get back in your caravan, ey, yes! You! Yes, go on!’
A World Rugby statement read: ‘World Rugby is of the view that the comments amount to misconduct and/or a breach of the code of conduct under World Rugby Regulation 20 and should have been considered by an independent process.
‘In the absence of such a process by Six Nations Rugby, World Rugby is exercising its right to take appropriate action before an independent judicial committee.’