Toulon Owner Facing Disciplinary Action Over Comments About Ireland & Wales
Mourad Boudjellal could be in trouble here.
Following an investigation, EPCR has decided to bring a misconduct complaint against the President of RC Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal.
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.
Boudjellal said he feared the “mormon side” of the EPCR after Bastareaud was cited.
“At no point did Mathieu Bastareaud make a judgement on the sexual orientation of the player in question,” Boudjellal told rugbyrama.fr.
“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.”
“I am worried. What I fear is the mormon side of EPCR with the Welsh and the Irish,”
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.
An independent Disciplinary Committee to hear the misconduct complaint will be convened and a date for the hearing will be announced shortly.