Outrage As Mathieu Bastareaud Handed Pathetic Ban Following Violent Assault

Ridiculous.

In typical French fashion Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been handed a measly 5-week ban following his violent assault on a Castres player in a Top 14 game earlier this month.

The volatile Frenchman crashed in with strong clear out on at the end of Toulon’s 28-27 win over Castres earlier this month. tussle ensured before Bastareaud landed a vicious swinging forearm to the head on forward Christophe Samson.

He was righty red carded by referee Laurent Cardona but the decision to hand him just a 5-week ban has caused huge controversy. The ban means he will return two weeks before France’s Autumn internationals.