Press release regarding Mathieu Bastareaud

EPCR have launched an investigation following the remarks made by Mathieu Bastareaud towards a Benetton Treviso player on Sunday afternoon at Mayol for the fifth round of the Champions Cup. Following the game, Mathieu Bastareaud apologised personnally by stating: « I would like to apologise for reacting to being insulted by an Italian player, I reacted badly to this provocation and I am extremely sorry if I have hurt people ».
Rugby Club Toulonnais would like to remind everyone that the Club has always advocated and defended differences between individuals and the respect of these differences. RCT are convinced that Mathieu made these unfortunate remarks whilst in a state of impulsive anger, as can happen regularly during a game of rugby and that he is not at all homophobic. This kind of language should not allow people to condemn our captain who has always defended the rich diversity between individuals and proves it every day within our heterogeneous group of players.