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‘They sell morality but don’t possess any’: Mourad Boudjellal to face hearing in wake of Mathieu Bastareaud’s homophobic slur

Outspoken Toulon president is in trouble after blasting authorities in the wake of his player’s three-week ban

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 February, 2018, 1:40pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 February, 2018, 1:40pm

Outspoken Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal will face a European rugby disciplinary hearing after blasting authorities over their “morality” in the wake of Mathieu Bastareaud’s citing for using a homophobic slur.

The European club rugby governing body banned Frenchman Bastareaud for three weeks after he was heard insulting Treviso’s Sebastian Negri while playing for Toulon in the European Champions Cup last month.

“Following an investigation, European Professional Club Rugby [EPCR] has decided to bring a misconduct complaint against the president of RC Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal,” EPCR said.

Boudjellal responded to the initial charge by blasting the EPCR.

“What I’m worried about is the Mormon side of the EPCR with its Welsh and Irish [administrators],” the comic book magnate had told rugby website rugbyrama.fr.

“They’re people who sell morality even though they don’t possess any. The same who have ministers who get whipped in private but portray themselves as ‘clean’ in public.”

Earlier, Boudjellal defended Bastareaud: “At no point did Mathieu Bastareaud make a judgment on the sexual orientation of the player in question. I’m not homophobic but I’ve called someone a f*****. It’s become normal, it’s the first thing that comes to mind in an argument.”

EPCR had opened an investigation into Boudjellal’s outburst on January 16. No date has yet been announced for Boudjellal’s hearing.