Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is in hot water, as the EPCR are bringing a misconduct complaint against him over remarks to the publication RugbyRama.
Boudjellal was speaking in relation to the alleged homophobic remarks of Mathieu Bastareaud while playing against Benetton last month.
The club’s owner jumped to a controversial defence of the giant midfielder.
“At no point did Mathieu Bastareaud make a judgement on the sexual orientation of the player in question.
“I am not homophobic but I have already called someone a fagg*t. It’s become customary, it’s the first thing that comes to mind in an altercation.
“I am worried. What I fear is the mormon side of EPCR with the Welsh and the Irish.”
Today, the EPCR have announced that he will be facing an independent disciplinary committee.
“After the Champions Cup, Round 5 match between RC Toulon and Benetton Rugby on 14 January, Mr Boudjellal was reported to have made comments to a media organisation which may have constituted breaches of the Disciplinary Rules and the Media Rules of the 2017/18 EPCR Participation Agreement.
“The comments attributed to Mr Boudjellal were prompted by an incident during the match in which the RC Toulon captain, Mathieu Bastareaud, verbally abused a Benetton Rugby player. Bastareaud was cited following the incident and was subsequently suspended for three weeks.”