Bastareaud sorry after ‘homophobic’ slur

TOULON – Mathieu Bastareaud of Toulon Centre has issued an apology after appearing to say a ‘homophobic’ insult at an opponent in Sunday’s 36-0 European Cup victory over Trevisto. It’s reported that television footage surfaced appearing to show the France international calling Italian second row Sebastian Negri a “fucking faggot”. This happened after an altercation in the final minute of the match.

“I apologise for my reaction to insults from the Italian player. I reacted badly by responding to his provocation, I’m truly sorry for the people I might have hurt,” Bastareaud wrote on his Twitter account.

A statement was issued on Sunday by the competition organisers European Club Rugby which said they “had received a citing complaint against the RC Toulon player, Mathieu Bastareaud.”

The statement added: “Bastareaud is alleged to have verbally abused a Benetton Rugby player in the 80th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

“The complaint was made by the match citing commissioner, Dennis Jones.”

Any suspension put against Bastareaud would likely make an impact upon the 29 years old player’s participation in the Six Nations, with France’s opening game at home to Ireland on the 3rd of February.

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