Toulon - Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud has issued an
apology after appearing to utter a "homophobic" insult at an opponent
in Sunday's 36-0 European Champions Cup victory over Treviso.
Television footage appeared to show the France international
calling Italian second row Sebastian Negri a "fucking faggot" after
an altercation in the final minute of the match.
"I apologise for my reaction to insults from the
Italian player. I reacted badly by responding to his provocation, I'm truly
sorry for the people I might have hurt," Bastareaud wrote on his Twitter
In a statement on Sunday, competition organisers European
Professional Club Rugby said they "had received a citing complaint against
the RC Toulon player, Mathieu Bastareaud".
It added: "Bastareaud is alleged to have verbally
abused a Benetton Rugby player in the 80th minute of the match in contravention
of Law 9.12.
"The complaint was made by the match citing
commissioner, Dennis Jones."
Any suspension levied against Bastareaud would likely impact
upon the 29-year-old's participation in the Six Nations, with France's opening
game at home to Ireland on February 3.