Owen Farrell Fans irate as England captain Owen Farrell escapes punishment for another high tackle

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Owen Farrell EXETER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Owen Farrell of Saracens in action during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

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EXETER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Owen Farrell of Saracens in action during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

England captain Owen Farrell is under fire again for his tackling technique after getting away without a yellow or red card for a high shot in an English Premiership game.

Farrell faced flak on social media channels after he was penalised – but not sinbinned – for an incident in Saracens’ 62-5 win over Worcester on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

The Saracens first five-eighth made contact with Worcester player Tom Howe’s neck, butRugby Passreported referee Craig Maxwell-Keys, after watching a video replay, ruled Farrell had started low and risen up, giving rise to “mitigating circumstances”.

Farrell’s got away with one here. pic.twitter.com/fugk4UNctf

— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) January 4, 2020

That decision incensed some rugby followers, who took to Twitter to express their disgust that Farrell had not been banished, claiming he had made no attempt to wrap his arms around Howe and his tackle was effectively a shoulder charge.

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Controversial tackle by England No 10 Owen Farrell used as example of shoulder charge.

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Farrell has made a career in getting away with shoulder to head tackles. https://t.co/JUehagxNHB

— Ian Titherington (@ianapharri) January 4, 2020

One observer noted that Samoa hooker Motu Matu’u had been banned for five weeks for a reckless tackle to an opponent’s head in an English premiership game in late December, yet Farrell had gone unpunished.

@premrugby @btsportrugby Motu Matu got 6 weeks for a head

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