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James Haskell slams his own sport in honest post-match interview

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It has become commonplace for sporting stars to avoid controversy when they are asked a tricky question in a post-match interview.

Media managers are employed to keep a close eye on proceedings and to make sure something isn't said that will make the back pages of tomorrow's papers.

However, every now and then, spontaneity and emotion comes into the equation and a player will speak from the heart.

While their club may clench their teeth with frustration, for the sporting fan, it is a refreshing change from what we usually hear.

We got a glimpse of that rare honesty on the weekend with England back-rower James Haskell discussing a contentious call in Wasps' Premiership game with Northampton.

The England veteran who was making his last home appearance at the Ricoh Area was penalised for a controversial high tackle in his team's 36-29 victory.

The contentious call came at a crucial time when Northampton was making a late comeback in the contest.

Speaking after the game, Haskell spoke from the heart, as Wales online reported.

"I'm pretty emotional about that last penalty. I don't know what's happened to rugby."

"It seems like I'm fading out at the right time because it's becoming a bit of a pathetic sport at the moment, I think."

Haskell's comments relate to the fact that he is coming to the end of an illustrious career and the crackdown that rugby authorities are taking on head-high hits.

The consensus view from fans was that Haskell was certainly hard done by in the incident.

While player safety should always come before anything else, we also do not want to lose the essence of what makes rugby the game that it is.

It is a delicate balancing act that hopefully can find a fair resolution.

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Rugby Union
London Wasps
Aviva Premiership
James Haskell
England Rugby

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