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Mathieu Bastareaud Facing Huge Fine And Ban After Homophobic Slur Is Caught On Ref Mic

Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud has landed himself in big trouble after he was caught using  homophobic language at the end of Sunday’s Champions Cup match.

The Top14 side demolished Bennetton 36-0, with Bastareaud scoring a second-half try, to  keep control of the European pool, but it is likely to come at a cost with the French international’s offensive language picked up by the referee’s microphone.

In the dying seconds of the game and with the match over as a contest, the Italian side were handed a penalty near the halfway line. Bastareaud became embroiled in a tussle with visiting flanker Sebastian Negri. After they had been separated, Bastareaud could quite clearly be heard calling Negri a “faggot,” much to the immediate disgust of the commentators.

It obviously remains to be seen what sort of punishment will be dished out to Bastareud by the EPCR, but it will almost certainly be a heavy one as the governing body stress the fact that homophobia will not be tolerated in the game.

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