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Owen Farrell receives red card for dangerous swinging arm tackle

Owen Farrell Red Card

This does not look good.

England international out-half Owen Farrell received a red card in Saracens’ clash with Wasps on Saturday in the Gallagher Premiership.

At the midway point of the second half, the score was tied at 15-15 until Farrell put in an incredibly dangerous hit on young out-half Charlie Atkinson.

Owen Farrell Red Card

Farrell entered the attempted tackle with a lot of momentum as his left arm made direct contact with Atkinson’s head.

The youngster received treatment for some time before he was replaced by Will Simonds who came on for his Premiership debut.

Jimmy Gopperth kicked the subsequent penalty to give his side an 18-15 lead before Wasps used their numerical advantage to get over for a try 10 minutes later to extend their lead to 25-18.

Wasps rounded out the game with another penalty to secure a 25-18 win.

Farrell will likely receive a ban for this incident and it could put his participation in his side’s meeting with Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final in considerable doubt.

Farrell will now face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and the panel will comprise Mike Hamlin (chair), Gareth Graham and Leon Lloyd.

“It is what it is. He could easily have been out of the Leinster came for another reason – injury or whatever,” Mark McCall said.

“He missed the last quarter-final of the Champions Cup because his wife was having their first child.

“We have got plenty of good backs at the club so we will just rearrange our back line a little bit and get on with it.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter