Andy Goode fires shots at Mathieu Bastareaud for latest antics
Former rugby players and broadcasters have united in condemning French international Mathieu Bastareaud for his sending off in Toulon’s Top 14 victory over Castres on Sunday.
The 47-times capped midfield battering ram saw red 12 minutes from time for a brutal forearm smash Castres lock Christophe Samson while laying prone on the ground with Toulon at the time trailing 27-20.
The criticism was led by Andy Goode.
I see @BastaOfficiel lost his head for @RCTofficiel with a forearm smash to the head of @samsonchris4 who was lying prone on the floor. As @skysportsmiles said, it was bordering on assault. Shocking act that is indefensible and he should receive, as @WillGreenwood said, a big ban pic.twitter.com/vrQIVtQ0na
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) September 9, 2018
Here’s what else was said:
Act of thuggery by Mathieu Bastareaud. Should be banned for a very long time.
— Andrew Baldock (@balders2) September 9, 2018
Cue protestations of ‘He’s not that sort of player’ which he clearly is. Three months minimum, if they do their job properly. https://t.co/vvghi2ViNd
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) September 10, 2018
Long ban coming. https://t.co/2wu1XbRujg
— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) September 9, 2018
Looks like Bastareaud been a naughty boy again 🙄
— Craig Watson (@CraigWatsonpix) September 9, 2018
Straight red for Bastareaud, he smashed a Castres player in the head with his forearm while the player was prone on the floor. He’s got to expect a hefty ban for that. Toulon are losing the plot here.
— Julie Jones (@Ms_JulieJ) September 9, 2018