"Marler left bloody" - Wayne Barnes controversially overrules red card - Ruck

“Marler left bloody” – Wayne Barnes controversially overrules red card

Top whistleblower Wayne Barnes stopped time to consult with his TMO Tom Foley after a very clumsy high tackle on Joe Marler by Leicester second row Calum Green.

The tackle was very high. Green stands quite tall and his shoulder smashes Marler’s jaw. Marler’s ear was bleeding after the incident. In a vacuum, it was a clear red card offense.

However, this was eventually overruled dues to Alex Dombrandt pushing Marler forward. Here’s what he told the TMO after viewing the tackle from a few angles.

‘Obviously you can’t push people into contact. He [Dombrandt] accelerates that. That’s the offense isn’t it? It is a high tackle, but that’s all caused by Dombrandt. Dombrandt accelerates Marler into the contact, which means Green has no chance to do anything. That’s a penalty against Dombrandt, isn’t it?’

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BARNES SAID: ” “He was always a funny one on the field in nice way. You’d be trying to tell him something serious and he’d just want to have a laugh and a joke.

“But he does bring a smile to your face. That is what is unique about our sport, the interaction between players and refs and refs and coaches. It does show our sport off in a good light.”

Joe Marler of England celebrates after winning during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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