DANNY CARE believes Alun Wyn Jones would not have cared that Joe Marler grabbed him where it hurts if Wales had beaten England on Saturday.
Prop Marler faces a season-ending 12-week ban if he is today found guilty of his ballsy crime.
His old Test team-mate and Harlequins buddy Care reckons that, had the Red Rose not edged the Twickenham Six Nations blockbuster 33-30 then it would not be an issue.
Scrum-half Care, 33, said: “If Wales win that game I don’t think it’s as big an issue as it is.
“Alun Wyn Jones’ reaction after the game is probably a disappointed and angry Alun Wyn Jones — and that is a way to take a bit of anger out.
“You could see there was no malice, it’s a joke between old team-mates.
“I can understand why people have seen it the wrong way, you don’t want to see kids seeing that.
“It was in a rugby environment and it happens a lot. I just think that one was very visual. We’ll all be interested to see what happens.
“We would like to see Joe play as many games as we can for Harlequins for the rest of the season, he’s a great player.”
After the game, Marler tweeted, "B******. Complete b******", but the 29-year-old now appears to have deactivated his Twitter account ahead of the hearing.
And Quins boss Paul Gustard agrees the bizarre incident was over-blown.
The ex-England defence coach added: “Joe Marler is high profile, it happened in an international game.
“The furore over this incident doesn’t seem to be mirrored in the same amount of people talking about the French kid that could have broken someone’s jaw with a punch.
“Or a vicious tackle with no arms or whatever. That’s kind of a frustration for me from a different point of view. Player safety’s paramount.”
Marler is joined in the dock by red-carded Manu Tuilagi as well as flanker Courtney Lawes.
Tuilagi faces a six-week ban for a no-arms tackle to the head of George North. And Lawes is in a similar boat for his clumsy hit to the head of skipper Jones.
Boss Eddie Jones could be investigated by World Rugby over post-match referee comments after he claimed England played against 16 men. The Six Nations are yet to act.
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