Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marler: I Am Sorry for Calling Wales Prop Lee a 'Gypsy Boy'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marler: I Am Sorry for Calling Wales Prop Lee a 'Gypsy Boy'

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JOE Marler has apologised for calling Wales prop Samson Lee a "gypsy boy", and insisted he is not a racist ahead of a World Rugby misconduct hearing today.

Harlequins front-rower Marler escaped with a reprimand after insulting Scarlets prop Lee in England's 25-21 RBS 6 Nations win over Wales last month, but could face a retrospective ban from World Rugby.

Marler took to Twitter on the eve of the hearing to apologise, adding he would accept the ruling from the governing body.

He wrote: "I'm not a racist.

What I said to Samson was out of order and wrong and I am sorry it was said, we shook hands at the end of the game and looked to move on.

Whatever happens to me tomorrow I will accept.

"I'm sorry to anyone who was offended, saying it was in the 'heat of the moment' isn't an excuse, but one comment, one mistake, does not make me a racist. …

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