Joe Marler reacts to furore over genital grab

Piers Morgan blasts the ‘exhausting’ critics who want England rugby star Joe Marler ARRESTED for grabbing a Welsh opponent’s genitals – as the player cheekily brands the furore ‘complete b******s’ on social media

  • Joe Marler could face punishment for handling Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals 
  • Incident during Saturday’s Six Nations match at Twickenham went viral
  • England prop Marler gave his own x-rated response on Twitter on Sunday night
  • A number of Twitter users accused Marler of sexual assault for his actions 

Joe Marler has given his response to the storm over his manhandling of Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals with Piers Morgan among those weighing into the debate on Twitter.

The England prop tweeted ‘B*******. Complete b*******’ on Sunday night with his international future in doubt as he faces a disciplinary hearing following the controversial incident in the Six Nations win over Wales.

As players from both sides engaged in a skirmish on England’s line during Saturday’s match at Twickenham, replays showed Marler brazenly holding Jones by the genitals.

England prop Joe Marler appears to grab Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in the genitals

The veteran lock appears bemused as he attempts to confront Marler in the aftermath

Marler offered his opinion on the controversy on Twitter as he potentially faced punishment

Footage of the incident led to ferocious debate on Twitter, with some passing off the incident as a harmless joke and others accusing Marler of sexual assault.

Piers Morgan was among those to have his say on the controversy, tweeting: ‘There are now two types of people in the world – those who laughed at this @JoeMarler incident, and those who think he should be arrested.

‘I’m in the first category. Those in the second are f*cking exhausting.’

Morgan also posted the famous picture of Vinnie Jones grabbing Paul Gascoigne by the crotch in a football match between Wimbledon and Newcastle United in February 1988.

He captioned it: ‘We used to all laugh at this kind of thing… #TheWorldsGoneNuts’.

Piers Morgan was among those who offered their opinion on the Six Nations controversy

Morgan also posted a picture of the infamous incident when Vinnie Jones grabbed Paul Gascoigne by the genitals during a football match in 1988

Joe Marler’s England future has been left in doubt as he awaits confirmation of a citing

Wales captain Jones wasn’t impressed, saying after the match: ‘Hopefully, World Rugby have a look at it. Joe is a good bloke and lots happens on a rugby field.

‘A lot of footage was shown, a lot of supporters have seen what happened — it’s just very frustrating.

‘We talk a lot about the TMO footage and review but not a lot’s happened. It’s difficult as captain because you feel you can’t speak to the referee about anything.

‘I looked at the touch judge but he didn’t see what happened.’

Twitter users accused Marler of sexual assault following the incident at Twickenham 

Marler celebrates winning the Triple Crown on Saturday as England overcame Wales 33-30

Harlequins player Marler is set to learn on Monday whether he must attend a hearing to answer for his actions after citing officer Peter Ferguson visited the Welsh dressing room to discuss the incident.

In principle, Marler could face a ban of between 12 weeks and four years, but there is no prospect of a higher-end sanction as that would be reserved for actions which caused pain and harm.

Furthermore, Sportsmail has learned that he is more likely to face a disrepute charge, rather than the more specific charge of ‘grabbing, twisting or squeezing the genitals’.

 

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