January 16, 2018 / 7:22 PM / 8 months ago

Rugby - Champions Cup organisers open investigation into Toulon owner comments

(Advisory: Readers may find language offensive in paragraph five)

FILE PHOTO - RC Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal (L) with the mayor of Toulon Hubert Falco, Rugby Union - RC Toulon Press Conference - European Rugby Champions Cup Final Preview - Twickenham Stadium - 1/5/15 Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has opened an investigation into the comments made by Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal when he defended Mathieu Bastareaud following the French international’s homophobic remarks.

“EPCR is currently investigating comments attributed to RC Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal,” the Champions Cup organisers said in a statement.

“If EPCR feels that these comments are inappropriate... Mr Boudjellal could face disciplinary action.”

Bastareaud made the comments during a 36-0 Champions Cup victory against Benetton Treviso on Sunday before apologising on social media.

Boudjellal, however, told French rugby website rugbyrama.fr: “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 faggot. It’s become customary, it’s the first thing that comes to mind in an altercation.”

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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