"F***ed it" - Joe Marler releases 11-word statement following his costly error against Toulouse - Ruck

“F***ed it” – Joe Marler releases 11-word statement following his costly error against Toulouse

Harlequins’ aspirations in the Investec Champions Cup suffered a setback when prop Joe Marler’s unwarranted display of aggression led referee Andrew Brace to overturn a penalty initially granted to them.

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Toulouse fended off a determined second-half resurgence from Quins to secure a 38-26 victory, booking their place in the final for the first time in three years.

Marler’s conduct drew widespread criticism on social media, with fans expressing disappointment over his actions.

One commenter labeled Marler’s move as “thick as a castle door,” acknowledging that while it didn’t cost them the match, it certainly dashed any hopes of victory.

Another fan criticised Marler’s decision-making, stating that while a minor infraction might have gone unnoticed, a full-blown swipe was bound to land him in trouble.

“I don’t understand what he was thinking with this, it wouldn’t have won us the game but still stupid,” remarked a third supporter, echoing the sentiments of many disappointed fans.

Marler has since released a statement on the controversial incident.

He wrote on X: “Fucked it. Sorry. @Harlequins fans were huge. Boys were incredible. Juvé,”

In the upcoming final, Toulouse will square off against four-time champions Leinster, setting the stage for a showdown between the two most successful teams in Champions Cup history.

The highly anticipated clash is scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday, May 25th.

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