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Racing chiefs switch Toulon game

09th December 2013 09:48


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Racing suffered a huge defeat to Harlequins in the Heineken Cup

Racing Metro's dire showing in Saturday's 32-8 Heineken Cup thrashing by English side Harlequins prompted the directors to announce on Sunday they had switched the Top 14 clash with Toulon away from Stade de France to its own more modest stadium.

The club released a statement in which it lambasted the squad - one of the costliest assembled in the history of club rugby - as not being worthy of appearing at the national stadium.

"In light of the result against Harlequins on Saturday this has forced us to accept we are not a part of the great teams of the moment," the statement read.

"The Stade de France is reserved for such teams and we do not belong there.

"Thus Racing-Metro has decided to cancel our match with Toulon which was due to be played there on December 29 and play it instead at Colombes, our historic ground, where we hope to rediscover our form."

Aside from their public disapproval of the performance the club was also having great difficulty in selling tickets for the 80,000 capacity stadium despite a massive advertising campaign.

Their first match played at the Stade de France, the Parisian derby with Stade Francais, attracted only 32,000 spectators.

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