By Adam Hathaway For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 16:27 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 23:25 BST, 5 September 2020
Owen Farrell knew he was in trouble. After a high tackle on Wasps’ Charlie Atkinson which earned him a red card, the England captain put his hands up and said to the referee: ‘I know that’s bad’, then shouted ‘f***’ as he walked off.
He now faces a ban for Saracens’ upcoming Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster, while it is not inconceivable that he is dropped as England skipper.
Atkinson, an 18-year-old academy player, was on the floor being treated for around five minutes before being replaced and Farrell was seen apologising to the youngster as he came off the pitch.
Saracens star Owen Farrell was sent off as the relegated side suffered a humbling defeat
The England international was given his marching orders for a high tackle on Charlie Atkinson
The England captain's dismissal took the attention off a notable win by a young Wasps side
Farrell’s dismissal took the attention off a notable win for Wasps, who fielded a young side, against Saracens’ galacticos and keeps them in play-off contention.
Jimmy Gopperth scored 23 points in his 100th game for Wasps, including seven penalties for the visitors and Farrell’s red put the seal on a dismal day for the reigning European champions.
He will face a disciplinary hearing this week which will decide his immediate fate.