Toulon duo hit with misconduct charge

Date published: December 13 2014

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Following an investigation into incidents referred to the EPC by Leicester Tigers after their Champions Cup match against Toulon at Welford Road last weekend, EPCR’s Disciplinary Officer has lodged misconduct complaints against Toulon players, Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage.

The misconduct complaint against Martin Castrogiovanni is that after the match he made a number of comments to the media in which he attacked, disparaged, criticised, damaged and/or brought into disrepute Leicester Tigers, the club’s Director of Rugby, Richard Cockerill, EPCR, the European Rugby Champions Cup and the sport of rugby union in contravention of the Disciplinary Rules of the European Rugby Champions Cup Participation Agreement 2014/15.

The misconduct complaint against Delon Armitage is that during and after the match he is alleged to have conducted himself in an unsportsmanlike manner by making a number of comments to, or within earshot of, spectators using foul and abusive language and may have brought into disrepute the sport of rugby union, the European Rugby Champions Cup, other clubs and persons and/or EPCR in contravention of the Disciplinary Rules of the European Rugby Champions Cup Participation Agreement 2014/15.

Both complaints will be heard by an independent Disciplinary Committee made up of Antony Davies (England) Chairman, Roger Morris (Wales) and Pat Barriscale (Ireland) in London on Wednesday, 17 December.

Armitage is set to face Leicester this weekend, while Toulon have suspended Castrogiovanni.

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