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England prop Joe Marler banned for Samson Lee 'gypsy boy' slur

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has been banned for two games after his "gypsy boy" slur against Wales forward Samson Lee during last month's RBS 6 Nations Championship game at Twickenham.

A three-man independent judicial committee suspended Marler following a hearing in London. He was also fined £20,000 - to be paid to a suitable equality charity - after a misconduct charge was upheld.

The 25-year-old had avoided any sanction from Six Nations chiefs and the RFU following the March 12 incident, but World Rugby took independent action.

World Rugby said the misconduct charge was "admitted in its entirety" by Marler.

Marler apologised to Wales prop Lee at half-time in the match, and took to Twitter on Monday night, apologising to "anyone who was offended".

He is now banned until April 18 and will miss Quins' European Challenge Cup quarter-final against London Irish and a Premiership clash with Saracens.

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