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Owen Farrell in danger of missing Champions Cup final after citing for dangerous tackle

Joe Marler and Simon McIntyre will also be in the dock this week.

OWEN FARRELL FACES the possibility of missing the Champions Cup final after the Saracens out-half was cited for a dangerous tackle during Saturday’s semi-final win over Wasps.

The England international was sin-binned for the reckless tackle on scrum-half Dan Robson but now faces further punishment after the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) confirmed the citings from the weekend.


Meanwhile, Farrell’s international team-mate, Joe Marler, is facing another ban after he was cited for allegedly kicking Grenoble’s Arnaud Heguy in the head during Friday’s Challenge Cup semi-final.

Marler found himself at the centre of more controversy during his first game back from a two-week suspension for calling Wales’ Samson Lee a ‘gypsy boy’.

The 25-year-old appeared to deliberately kick Heguy in the head during Harlequins’ 30-6 win at the Stoop and will now face a disciplinary hearing later in the week.

If found guilty, Marler could face a suspension of anything between four and 52 weeks depending on how severe the judiciary panel deem the incident.

Speaking after the game, his coach, Conor O’Shea, moved to downplay the incident by defending his loose-head prop.

“It was not a boot, it was nowhere near a boot – it was a shin,” he told BT Sport.

Marler now faces the possibility of missing Harlequins’ Challenge Cup final against Montpellier as well as England’s summer tour of Australia in June.

Wasps prop Simon McIntyre will also be in the dock this week after being cited for an incident involving Saracens lock Maro Itoje, for which he received yellow for kicking out at the England international.


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