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The Bemused Reaction To Mike Brown Not Being Cited For Kicking Conor Murray's Face

The Bemused Reaction To Mike Brown Not Being Cited For Kicking Conor Murray's Face
By Gavin Cooney
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England full-back Mike Brown is making a name for himself as being the most unlikable member of an English rugby squad captained by Dylan Hartley and coached by Eddie Jones. Brown catapulted himself into contention for this Hall of Dubious Acclaim by recklessly thrusting his studs into Conor Murray's face at Twickenham at the weekend.

At the time, the incident was referred to the TMO who ruled that Brown's act was accidental and, as a result, Brown faced no penalty. Brown protested his innocence by claiming he was just going for the ball and has been backed by his coach Eddie Jones.

Many argued at the time that Brown's intention should not be taken into account and that such reckless play should be punished in a bid to stamp it out of the sport. Consistent with that argument, it was expected  that Brown would be retrospectively punished by the citing commissioner this afternoon.

It has emerged this afternoon that Brown will not be cited, and Brown will be free to play for England against Wales at the weekend.

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The reaction was largely bemused:

Although one response was more bemusing:

To his credit, Carling has defended his argument. Where we find fault in how he has defended it, by saying that Murray was at fault for clutching the ball to his face:

Knowing Carling's persona, it was unlikely he was ever going to side with the Irish on this one and, to be fair, you'd hardly expect anything less. Ex-English rugby player Carling has found support, with ex-English rugby player Tom May:

Both men are defending Brown on the grounds he didn't mean to kick Murray in the head, which is the same questionable grounds as Paul O'Connell escaped sanction fort his incident with Dave Kearney.

See Also: Mike Brown Responds To All The 'Bitterness' Towards Him On Social Media

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