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Racing suspend Castro for missing Champions Cup semi to hit Vegas with PSG

The 34-year-old missed Racing’s Champions Cup semi-final win against Leicester.

ITALY INTERNATIONAL PROP Martin Castrogiovanni has been suspended by Racing 92 for missing the club’s trip to Nottingham for the Champions Cup semi-final win over Leicester last weekend in order to visit Las Vegas with Paris Saint-Germain players.

Racing 92’s Dan Carter and Martin Castrogiovanni Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

An official statement from the Top 14 club confirmed the 34-year-old’s suspension today, and said that they have launched a legal procedure.

Racing’s statement reads as follows:

“Following the publication of photographs in the media today showing Martin Castrogiovanni in the company of Paris Saint-Germain footballers [last] weekend at a hotel in Las Vegas, while the entire membership of the club was in Nottingham to play a semi-final of the European Cup, Racing 92 has decided to suspend the player and to launch a legal procedure.”

French newspaper L’Équipe reports that Castrogiovanni had been excused from Racing’s trip to take on Leicester on account of citing a family problem in Argentina that required him to travel to South America.

Instead, Castrogiovanni was photographed in Las Vegas with the likes of PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now finds his future with Racing in serious doubt after the images surfaced in the French media.

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The Italian prop joined Racing from Toulon last year, having previously played his club rugby with Leicester for seven years. Castrogiovanni has 119 caps for Italy.

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