Mathieu Bastareaud cited for verbal abuse charge

Mathieu Bastareaud could miss the Six Nations
Mathieu Bastareaud could miss the Six Nations

France could be without Mathieu Bastareaud in the upcoming Six Nations tournament after he was cited for a direct homophobic abuse in the recently concluded European Champions Cup tournament against Benetton Treviso.

Bastareaud, who was representing his club Toulon appeared to call Italy forward Sebastian Negri a "f***ing f*****" in the last minute of the game which his side went on to win 36-0.

If proved guilty, the 29-year-old could face a ban ranging from six weeks to a year which will effectively rule him out of the upcoming Six Nations tournament.

Bastareaud wrote on his Twitter account: "Good evening everybody, I want to apologise to my response to the insults of the Italian Player. I reacted badly in responding to his provocation, I am sincerely sorry for the people I hurt."

Announcing the decision to cite Bastareaud, Champions Cup organisers European Professional Club Rugby said: "EPCR has received a citing complaint against the RC Toulon player, Mathieu Bastareaud (No 13), following his club's Champions Cup, Round 5 match against Benetton Rugby at Stade Felix Mayol.

"Bastareaud is alleged to have verbally abused a Benetton Rugby player in the 80th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

"Details of the independent Disciplinary Hearing and any other disciplinary matters arising from Round 5 of EPCR's competitions will be announced as soon as practicable."

Former England fly-half Andy Goode, who was commentating on the game, tweeted: "Absolutely disgusting and no place for it anywhere. I hope @ChampionsCup make an example of @BastaOfficiel and ban him for a long time."


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