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Toulon president charged over Bastareaud comments

19 February 2018 18:26

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has been charged with misconduct over bizarre comments made in the wake of Mathieu Bastareaud's punishment for allegedly using homophobic language.

France international Bastareaud was given a three-week ban after he was alleged to have directed a homophobic slur towards Benetton Treviso lock Sebastian Negri.

Between Bastareaud's charge and punishment, Boudjellal gave an interview in which he expressed concern about the "Mormon side of the EPCR [European Professional Club Rugby] with the Welsh and Irish".

Boudjellal suggested that Bastareaud would be punished by people lacking in moral standards, prompting an investigation by the EPCR.

A statement confirmed a date for Boudjellal's hearing would be set, and read: "Mr Boudjellal was reported to have made comments to a media organisation which may have constituted breaches of the Disciplinary Rules and the Media Rules of the 2017/18 EPCR Participation Agreement."

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