Toulon suspend Castrogiovanni

Date published: December 10 2014

According to reports in France, Toulon have suspended prop Martin Castrogiovanni for three days following his outburst in Leicester.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has also written to Tigers to apologise for the Italian international’s rant after Sunday’s European Champions Cup defeat at Welford Road in which he lambasted Leicester boss Richard Cockerill.

Local newspaper La Provence reports that the Top 14 and European champions have suspended ‘Castro’ for three days, starting on Wednesday, meaning he may not be available for Saturday’s rematch with Leicester at Stade Felix Mayol.

The club have reportedly also fined the veteran tighthead, who is under investigation by the tournament organisers for misconduct along with team-mate Delon Armitage by

Castrogiovanni issued an apology for his expletive language in his tirade less than 24 hours later the incident, but Leicester had already made a complaint to European Professional Club Rugby.

“I was very surprised by Martin’s behaviour,” said Boudjellal.

“This is not the boy I know. It was clear that he was disappointed, but he used bad language. I did not expect that.

“We are sending Leicester and Richard Cockerill a letter of apology and I will be meeting the player with Bernard Laporte [the Toulon head coach] to decide whether to take any action. Some form of sanction cannot be ruled out.”