Mathieu Bastareaud: Toulon centre apologises for homophobic comment

Mathieu Bastareaud on the charge against Treviso
Mathieu Bastareaud made the comment at the end of Sunday's win over Benetton Treviso

Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud has been cited after making a homophobic comment during Sunday's European Champions Cup victory over Benetton.

Bastareaud, 29, apologised after the match but will face disciplinary action and, if found guilty, would face a minimum ban of six weeks.

The incident occurred in the last minute of a 36-0 Toulon victory in which Bastareaud scored a try.

He tweeted: "I want to apologise for my reaction to the player's insults."

The centre, who has won 42 France caps, added: "I reacted badly in responding to his provocation, I'm sincerely saddened that I could have hurt people."

During the game, former England fly-half Andy Goode condemned Bastareaud's comment.

He wrote on Twitter: "No place in the game for homophobia.

"Absolutely disgusting. I hope [tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR)] make an example of Bastareaud and ban him for a long time. Should throw the book at him."

A ban could put Bastareaud's chances of playing in the Six Nations at risk, with France's opening match against Ireland on 3 February.

In a statement on Sunday, EPCR said it "had received a citing complaint against the RC Toulon player, Mathieu Bastareaud".

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.

"The complaint was made by the match citing commissioner, Dennis Jones (Wales)."

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