England prop Joe Marler has deleted his twitter account today, reportedly due to the amount of abuse he has been receiving,
It comes after the forward went viral for all the wrong reasons over the weekend.
The 29-year-old, who is one of English rugby’s best-known players inside and outside the sport, was shown on television replays tweaking the front of the shorts of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones during a mass scuffle early in England’s 33-30 win at Twickenham on Saturday.
If Marler’s offence is proved, he faces a ban with a low-end entry point of 12 weeks, a period that would rule him out until the final round of Premiership matches in June.
Peter Ferguson, the citing commissioner from Ireland, took a statement from Jones after the match, and the Welsh lock said that World Rugby should look at the incident.
He will find out his ban, along with Manu Tuilagi later today.
Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard, speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup final against Sale, has called for perspective over the incident.
“The furore over this incident doesn’t seem to be mirrored in the same amount of media coverage and people talking about the French kid (Mohammed Haouas against Scotland on Sunday) that could have broken someone’s jaw with a punch,” Gustard said.
“Or a vicious tackle with no arms. Or whatever. That’s the frustration for me because the safety of players is paramount.
Rugby Players Who Quit Twitter:
#1. Nathan Hughes
The England back-rower disabled his Twitter after a tweet led to him receiving a longer ban.
Hughes was given an extended six-week ban, missing three November Tests, after slamming a disciplinary hearing as a “joke” on Twitter.
Hughes’s case, following a citing for punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow in the Premiership on October 6, was adjourned after the back-row forward tweeted “what a joke” during the initial hearing on October 10.
That led officials to add two weeks to what had been an original four-week suspension, meaning Hughes is now set to miss the Twickenham Tests against South Africa (November 3), New Zealand (November 10) and Japan (November 17).