Mourad Boudjellal has been fined by an independent Disciplinary Committee for comments which he made back in January and February of this year.
It was alleged that Boudjellal made comments that (among other things) allegedly condoned homophobic conduct, discriminated against and insulted various groups, and brought the game of rugby into disrepute by attacking, disparaging and criticising EPCR.
The committee upheld these accusations in their entirety and as a result concluded that Boudjellal’s comments discriminated against and insulted a number of different groups and that they brought the game of rugby into disrepute.
The comments were made in the aftermath of Toulon’s Champions Cup clash with Benetton on 14 January 2018.
The committee deemed the comments to be “very serious” and the punishment placed on Boudjellal and the club was increased by several aggravating factors, including poor disciplinary records and poor conduct during the disciplinary process.
To reflect the seriousness of the misconduct, the independent Disciplinary Committee determined that (a) Mr Boudjellal be fined €75,000 (payable immediately), with a further €25,000 fine suspended for three years for any similar offending or misconduct by Mr Boudjellal in any rugby jurisdiction, and (b) RC Toulon be subject to a deduction of five match points when competing in EPCR tournaments, suspended for three seasons for any similar offending or misconduct by the club or any of its representatives in any rugby jurisdiction.
“We had a responsibility to pass a sanction which properly marks rugby’s disapproval of the use, or condoning of the use, of any remark which is discriminatory or insulting,” the committee said in a statement.
“Such remarks only undermine the confidence and the desire of the majority of those involved in rugby to promote an entirely inclusive and diverse game … We considered this case to be a very serious example of offending of this type.”
Boudjellal and Toulon have the right to appeal the decision.