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Formal complaint issued against Toulon president for saying EPCR chiefs have 'no morality'

Mourad Boudjellal’s comments came in response to Mathieu Bastareaud’s citing for calling an opponent a ‘f*****g f****t’.

Mourad Boudjellal is in hot water again.
Mourad Boudjellal is in hot water again.
Image: Liewig Christian/PA Images

EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL CLUB Rugby (EPCR) has decided to bring a misconduct complaint against the president of Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal.

The complaint relates to comments made by Boudjellal in response to Mathieu Bastareaud’s citing for calling an opponent a “fucking faggot” in January.

Bastareaud was subsequently suspended for three weeks.

The controversial Toulon owner’s remarks were published in an interview with French rugby website, and he accused “the Welsh and Irish side of the EPCR” of hypocrisy, suggesting members from both countries lacked morality.

The 57-year-old went on to claim that he, like Bastareaud, wasn’t homophobic, but that he had “called someone a faggot” in the past as the term has “entered into common usage”.

“What I fear is the ‘mormon’ side of the EPCR with the Welsh and the Irish,” Boudjellal said at the time.

“These are people who preach morality although they haven’t any themselves. The same people who have [government] ministers who get themselves whipped in private but pass themselves off as ‘clean’ guys in public.”

Following today’s decision, an independent disciplinary committee to hear the misconduct complaint will be convened and a date for the hearing will be announced shortly.

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