"It was quite idiotic behaviour" claims former England prop on Joe Marler incident

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 1:32pm

Former Bath and England prop Victor Ubogu had his say on the infamous Joe Marler incident which took place in England's victory over Wales.

It was an incident which shocked many. In the 8th minute between England's crunch tie against Wales, with Eddie Jones' side 7-0 up on the scoreboard, prop Joe Marler decided to grab Wales' Alun Wyn Jones' testicles. 

Marler, 29, has been cited for the incident and could face a lengthy punishment of up to 208 weeks if he is severely punished in a disciplinary hearing on Thursday. The shortest ban for "grabbing, twisting or squeezing the genitals" is 12 weeks.

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Speaking to Morning Breakfast on Love Sport Radio, former England prop Victor Ubogu was shocked at Marler's actions and described them as 'idiotic'.

"I've never done anything like that on or off the pitch. It is not my thing", said Ubogu.

"It was quite idiotic behaviour to be honest at a time when they should be focused on the game and screwing down the Welsh."

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When asked if the adrenline could cause such incidents as you look to be on your a-game and get any advantage, Ubogu was adamant that what Marler done should not be excused.

"Being at your best does not mean grabbing someone's balls- that is idotic behaviour. There is no place for it and no excuse for it.

"Alun Wyn Jones dealt with it professionally. And Joe Marler was just messing about, which, you know, impacted them in the game, actually. At a time when I was hoping that England were going to get to 50 points against the Welsh and keep them down; Wales almost got close to winning the game."

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