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'I don't hate anyone, I just don't like c**ts': Castrogiovanni rages at ex-boss Cockerill

We’ve all wanted to do this at one stage or another.

File photo of Martin Castrogiovanni looking incredible.
File photo of Martin Castrogiovanni looking incredible.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

TOULON’S EX-LEICESTER PROP Martin Castrogiovanni yesterday launched a scathing attack on Tigers’ director of rugby Richard Cockerill after his 25 – 21 loss at Welford Road.

The Italian prop moved to set the record, as he sees it, straight about the reasons for his departure to the richest club in Europe, insisting that he had wished to stay in Leicester.

“Everything you do in your life – good or bad – will come back to you and they sack people who have been at this club for 17 years,” Castrogiovanni said post-match as reported by The Guardian.

“When I get to this club it was all about the shirt and the badge. It is easy not to talk about the money when you don’t really follow the club. I loved this club and I didn’t leave for the money.”

He added:  ”I never want to speak with Cockers any more. I am the kind of guy that if I hate you, if you are not clear with me or if you have been a cunt, how you say in English, I never want to speak to you any more.

“That’s it. That’s how I am. I am not fake. If I hate you, I say in your face and I will never speak to you again. Love me or hate me. I don’t hate anyone. Peace and love. I just don’t like cunts.”

Castrogiovanni’s point was that he felt shunted out the door with English international Dan Cole a more cost-effective solution in the first team.

“Cole gets paid half the money from the RFU and I am foreign. What the fuck you want? You have a good fucking tighthead prop playing for England and a hairy fucking Italian. The thing is that they made it look like I went for the money but I paid £100,000 from my pocket to leave this club because I want to play rugby. That’s it.”

Should make for an interesting match in Toulon next weekend.

Read more of Castrogiovanni’s post-match thoughts (and a fairly measured response from Cockerill) on TheGuardian.com

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