Cockerill calls for Castro apology

Date published: December 10 2014

Richard Cockerill has called Martin Castrogiovanni’s expletive-laden rant at Welford Road on Sunday ‘disgusting’.

Toulon’s Italian international prop tore into his former coach Cockerill after the French side’s defeat to Leicester, calling him a liar among other things, with regards to Cockerill’s comments on Castrogiovanni’s departure from the club 18 months ago.

The prop has since been suspended by Toulon for his actions, as well as apologising for the profanities he used in the extraordinary press conference.

However Cockerill was most annoyed by Castrogiovanni’s labelling of Leicester as an ‘amateur’ club, and wants a public apology from his former player.

“I’m disappointed really, in professional sport people move on for all sorts of reasons,” he told Sky Sports.

“He left a year early from his contract, he wasn’t getting picked. He wanted to move on because he was of an age where he wanted to play and I put a price on him. We agreed a deal and he moved on. We dealt with it in a professional manner.

“I was amazed when he called his own press conference and off he went. I’m disappointed he’s sullied what has been a fantastic playing career here. He was an icon of the club and a fan’s favourite.

“There’re lots of things about this place but one thing it isn’t, is an amateur club and for him to say that was disgusting. He needs to make sure he apologises publically for that and I’m sure he’ll get disciplined in the right manner.”