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Bastareaud could miss Ireland match after citing for homophobic slur

Bastareaud could miss Ireland match after citing for homophobic slur

Bastareaud was angered by something Negri said to him in Toulon's 36-0 European Champions Cup victory over the Italian side after both players got up from the ground at Stade Mayol.

Shocked commentators apologised to viewers when the angry Toulon centre seemed to call Benetton's Sebastian Negri a "f***ing f****t in a last-minute bust-up".

"EPCR has been made aware of an incident towards the end of today's RC Toulon v Benetton Rugby Champions Cup match", an EPCR spokesman said in a statement emailed to ESPN.

"I apologise for my reaction to insults from the Italian player".

The club says it is "convinced Mathieu used these unfortunate comments whilst in a state of aggravation as can happen regularly during a game of rugby".

"This verbal slip should not mean throwing away our captain, who has always defended the diversity between individuals".

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'As of now, the citing commissioner is considering the incident as part of his routine review of the match, and will make a decision when he has concluded his enquiries'.

Television footage appeared to show the France global calling Italian second row Sebastian Negri a "fucking faggot" after an altercation in the final minute of the match.

In a statement issued Monday by his club, Bastareaud apologized, saying he "reacted badly" in responding to Negri's provocation.

It 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".

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


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