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Quins star wants more protection from refs

31st December 2018, 00:46 by Michael Holland

Harlequins full-back Mike Brown says he was lucky to escape a broken neck and not enough is being done to protect players.

The England ace was left feeling the effects of an aerial collision with Wasps star Josh Bassett as he attempted to catch a high ball, and ended up landing on his head, shoulders and arms.

The incident went unpunished by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys, despite replays on the big screens at Twickenham, and Brown was far from happy.

"They talk about protecting players but I wasn't protected there," said Brown. "The referee says he couldn't see but there's a big screen up there to have a look.

"What's the point of me going up to catch a high ball if I'm not going to get protected because clearly he didn't compete for the ball?

"The referee may not have seen it but my family have seen that. It was a very poor call.

"I'm sure he'll see it when my family are in hospital because I've broken my neck. That sounds extreme, but I landed straight on my head."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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