England rugby’s Joe Marler could face ban for grabbing opponent’s testicles

England rugby’s Joe Marler could face ban for grabbing opponent’s testicles

Joe Marler faces a minimum 12-week ban for a below-the-belt grab on Alun Wyn Jones.

And England coach Eddie Jones could be hit with a Six Nations rap for accusing Kiwi ref Ben O’Keefe of being biased towards Wales for sending off Manu Tuilagi.

Welsh skipper Jones demanded action against Marler after being on the receiving end of a Vinne Jones-style manhood grab.

Jones declared: “If I react I get a red card. Hopefully World Rugby have a look at it.

“Joe is a good bloke. . . but there is all the footage that has been shown and a lot of supporters have seen what has happened.

“I looked across at the touch judge and he obviously didn’t see anything. But we talk a lot about TMOs and what they review, so it was frustrating this wasn’t dealt with there.”

World Rugby’s Law 10 states that anyone found guilty of “testicle grabbing, twisting or squeezing” faces a minimum 12-week suspension, while the maximum penalty is a four-year ban.

But ex-Wales and Lions center Gareth Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, joked: “It would never have happened in my day and I’m really upset about that — because if it had I would have never retired!”

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