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Controversial Toulon President Mourad Boudjellal Given Touchline Ban

RC Toulon's French President Mourad Boudjellal answers journalists before a training session of the Toulonnais (RCT) players at the Ange Sicardi Stadium on July 10, 2017, in Toulon, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Franck PENNANT (Photo credit should read FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/Getty Images)

Outspoken Toulon President Mourad Boudjellal has been given an eight-week touchline ban for criticizing referees in the Top14, L’Equipe have reported.

The ‘Ligue Nationale de rugby’s (LNR) disciplinary commission has found the 57 year-old guilty of criticising match officials.

The  comic book billionaire, who’s millions have transformed the fortunes of the club, criticized referee Thomas Charabas-who also works as an emergency room doctor-following his team’s 40-29 defeat away to Racing 92 on Nov.22. Commenting on the 28 year-old’s performance, Boudjellal said:

“I just hope he makes fewer mistakes when he operates”.

But Boudjellal didn’t stop there. He was also angry with the refereeing in a host of other games, complaining that everyone within the whole stadium bar the referees, had seen forward passes in the three-time European Champions’ matches against Clermont, Bordeaux and Agen.

The ban, which will finish on March 12, also doesn’t allow him access to the officials’ changing room.

Toulon’s star-studded team who boast the likes of Ma’a Nonu, Guilhem Guirado, Bryan Habana, Duane Vermulen, and Chris Ashton, lie in fifth place in the Top14 table, four points behind Racing in fourth and seven points behind top of the table La Rochelle.

The four-time French Champions, who last picked up the title in 2014, will be looking to go one step further this season, after suffering a 22-16 defeat to rivals Clermont in last season’s final.

While in the European Champions Cup, Fabien Galthié’s men lie in second place in Pool D with Bath currently topping the pool on points difference, as they look to win a fourth European crown. They last won the tournament back in 2015 when they edged Clermont 24-18 in a tight affair at Twickenham.

Toulon head to struggling Brive tomorrow night before hosting Benetton Treviso at the Stade Félix Mayol the following weekend in their penultimate Champions Cup pool game.

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