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Mike Brown Furious After Tackle That 'Could Have Broken His Neck'

Mike Brown Furious After Tackle That 'Could Have Broken His Neck'

Mike Brown is unhappy with referee Craig Maxwell-Keys after the official failed to take any action following a tackle which the Harlequins player believes could have left him with a broken neck.

Quins and Wasps faced off in front of 82,000 at Twickenham on Saturday. In the 34th minute of the game, Brown was challenged for the ball in the air by Wasps winger Josh Barrett. Brown fell awkwardly as a result.

"They talk about protecting players but clearly I wasn't protected there," Brown is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

The referee says he couldn't see but there's a big screen up there to have a look.

What's the point of me going up to catch a high ball if I'm not going to get protected because clearly he didn't compete for the ball?

"The referee may not have seen it but my family have seen that," continued Brown.

"It was a very poor call. Of course there's a duty of care. My family are sat there watching that.

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"I'm sure he'll see it when my family are in hospital because I've broken my neck. That sounds extreme, but I landed straight on my head.

"I didn't know much about it because I fell flat on my face with my legs in the air. I don't know what the touch judge is doing because he was stood five metres from me.

"I recovered quickly and play carried on but I'm feeling it now. I have a sore neck and sore groin and dead leg where he's hit me."

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