Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Three-week ban for Bastareaud for alleged homophobic slur

Three-week ban for Bastareaud for alleged homophobic slur

Stade Francais centre Danty, who has four caps for France, has been called up to replace Bastareaud, who can return to action on February 4.

He was replaced in an initial 32-man squad by Jonathan Danty, just two hours after being selected by coach Jacques Brunel for the tournament opener against Ireland on February 3.

Bastareaud made the comment during last Sunday's European Champions Cup win over Italy's Benetton Treviso.

A disciplinary panel deemed that Bastareaud's offence - he was heard calling Negri a "f*****g f****t" on referee Luke Pearce's microphone - was worthy of a mid-entry point sanction, which stood at six weeks. That was when the Toulon captain fired back a homophobic slur.

The French Rugby Federation said it dropped him "following his suspension" and selected Danty in his place.

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France coach Jacques Brunel, who took over from sacked veteran Guy Noves last month, had included Bastareaud in his Six Nations squad announced earlier on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old was a mainstay when France won the Grand Slam in 2010 and reached the Rugby World Cup final a year later.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bastareaud was named in France's 32-man squad for the tournament, having been recalled by Les Bleus to face New Zealand in November after a two-year absence.

Parra has not played for France since their crushing 62-13 defeat to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals, the last of his 66 worldwide appearances.

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