PARIS Nov 30 Parents often cheer their
children on from the sidelines at sporting events but Biarritz
number eight Imanol Harinordoquy's father took his enthusiasm a
little too far on Tuesday when he tried to punch a Bayonne
player during the Basque derby.
Lucien Harinordoquy walked onto the pitch early in the Top
14 league game when his France international son clashed with a
pair of Bayonne players and attempted to punch one of them,
Jean-Jo Marmouyet, in the face.
Before he was able to make contact with Marmouyet,
Harinordoquy senior was tackled by Bayonne flyhalf Benjamin
"I tackled him because he was attacking one of my team
mates. I put him to the ground and (Biarritz hooker) Benoit
August told me to stop, because it was Imanol's father," Boyet
told French sports daily L'Equipe on Wednesday.
Bayonne president Michel Cacouault condemned the attack and
plans to take action against the France loose forward's father.
"It is intolerable. The club will lodge a complaint against
Mr Harinordoquy," Cacouault told the club's website
Biarritz won the game 21-19.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John O'Brien; To query
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