Friday, 17 August, 2018

France's Mathieu Bastareaud may miss Six Nations after using homophobic slur

Mathieu Bastareaud facing investigation after alleged homophobic abuse of Benetton forward Sebastian Negri Mathieu Bastareaud investigated for 'homophobic slur' on Sebastian Negri in Toulon's European Champions Cup win
Freda Brock | 16 January, 2018, 03:50

Should Bastareaud face a disciplinary hearing then he would face a ban of at least six weeks, if found guilty.

Bastareaud aimed the offensive slur at flanker Sebastian Negri in the dying seconds of the European Champions Cup game after becoming embroiled in a fight with the Benetton player.

"Good evening everybody, I want to apologize to my response to the insults of the Italian Player".

The French club said 29-year-old Bastareaud was "in no way homophobic" despite the incident involving Sebastian Negri in Sunday's European Champions Cup match.

It was picked up on the live feed and the minimum ban for verbal abuse is 6 months while the maximum ban is 12 months.

Paris - Toulon defended their France global centre Mathieu Bastareaud on Monday after he used a homophobic insult against a Treviso player.

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"The Rugby Club Toulonnais insist that they have always defended the differences between people and called to respect them", a statement read.

Bastareaud's comments have sparked anger online, with ex-England fly-half Andy Goode calling for him to be suspended.

"I reacted badly in responding to his provocation, I'm sincerely saddened that I could have hurt people", he added. No place in the game for homophobia, @ChampionsCup should throw the book at him'.

Bastareaud tweeted an apology after the match, saying: "I apologise for my reaction to insults from the Italian player".

"The RCT is convinced that Mathieu has made unfortunate comments following a state of nervousness as there may be in a rugby match and he is in no way homophobic".

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