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Mathieu Bastareaud has been cited for verbally abusing an opponent.

Mathieu Bastareaud in danger of missing Six Nations after verbal abuse charge

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France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has apologised after being cited for appearing to direct homophobic abuse at a Benetton player during Toulon’s 36-0 European Champions Cup win.

The centre, who has 42 caps for his country, could miss the NatWest Six Nations after being charged with verbal abuse of a player, which carries a ban ranging from six weeks to a year.

France kick off their campaign against Ireland on February 3.

The incident happened in the last minute of the match, when Bastareaud appeared to aim abuse towards Italy forward Sebastian Negri.

Bastareaud wrote on his Twitter account: “Good evening everybody, I want to apologise to my response to the insults of the Italian Player. I reacted badly in responding to his provocation, I am sincerely sorry for the people I hurt.”

Announcing the decision to cite Bastareaud, Champions Cup organisers European Professional Club Rugby said: “EPCR has received a citing complaint against the RC Toulon player, Mathieu Bastareaud (No 13), following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 5 match against Benetton Rugby at Stade Felix Mayol.

“Bastareaud is alleged to have verbally abused a Benetton Rugby player in the 80th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

“Details of the independent Disciplinary Hearing and any other disciplinary matters arising from Round 5 of EPCR’s competitions will be announced as soon as practicable.”

Former England fly-half Andy Goode, who was commentating on the game, tweeted: “Absolutely disgusting and no place for it anywhere. I hope @ChampionsCup make an example of @BastaOfficiel and ban him for a long time.”

You can see the incident in the video below.

The French international will likely receive a hefty suspension for his actions, and rightfully so.

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