Mathieu Bastareaud handed laughable ban after homophobic comment

French centre Mathieu Bastareaud is going to miss his country’s Six Nations clash with Ireland after European Professional Club Rugby confirmed his suspension this Wednesday afternoon.

Bastareaud was caught on the referee’s mic using a homophobic slur at an opponent during last weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash between Toulon and Benetton.

Announcing a three-week suspension for the 42-times capped international the disciplinary committee issued a statement saying:

The RC Toulon player, Mathieu Bastareaud, has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today (Wednesday, 17 January) arising from his club’s Champions Cup, Round 5 match against Benetton Rugby at Stade Félix Mayol.

Bastareaud was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Dennis Jones (Wales), for verbally abusing the Benetton Rugby flanker, Sebastian Negri Da Oleggio, in the 80th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

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