Rugby CHRIS FOY: Bust-up between Saracens and Munster players and staff shows game is losing core values

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An investigation has been launched by European tournament organisers EPCR into the ugly clash between Saracens and Munster players and staff at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Both clubs and the match officials will be asked to submit statements about the incident in the second half of a Heineken Champions Cup Pool Four encounter which Saracens went on to win 15-6.

The investigation will focus on the verbal exchange prior to a mass scuffle — calling it a brawl is a stretch, given the absence of any punches — which spilled over the touchline, after allegations by the hosts that Jamie George, had been called a ‘fat ****’ by Munster’s team doctor.

Saracens and Munster players and staff were involved in a brawl at Allianz Park on Saturday

George was incensed by what was said to him by Dr Jamie Kearns, who could face a disrepute charge if the allegations against him are substantiated.

Saracens claimed that Kearns made a derogatory remark about George’s weight — and there were further suggestions that he made a negative comment about a member of George’s family.

The England hooker is not known for having a short fuse, so his furious reaction was out of character. What followed was an unseemly spectacle as players raced over to join in the melee. There was a lot of holding and jostling, while in the middle of it all was Mako Vunipola, with a big grin on his face.

Kearns was standing close to the touchline and made his comments after George had kicked the ball at one of the Munster players. It was an unprofessional, ridiculous intervention by the medic.

He should have kept out of the way and left any squabbling to the players, who at least have to physically back up their words of antagonism.

It could be argued that his ill-judged sledging cost Munster the match, as Saracens harnessed their collective angst to turn the tables on their Irish opponent.

Saracens hooker Jamie George was incensed by what was said to him by Dr Jamie Kearns

Kearns’ comments were unprofessional and a ridiculous intervention by the medic

But if he is found to have abused George and a member of his family, the doctor must be heavily sanctioned — either by his province or by the tournament authorities, if necessary. It is the latest sign of an erosion of standards, in an era of too much back-chat and appealing to r

I be mad for modules, because they are the unbelievable.

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