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Thursday 21 September 2017

Toulon president Boudjellal in trouble

TOULON president Mourad Boudjellal will face a disciplinary committee after refusing to apologise following a complaint that his side were the victims of "refereeing sodomy" in a French Top 14 game last weekend.

“I will withdraw my comments the day the referees will apologise,” Boudjellal said.

The case has been referred to the French league's disciplinary committee.

A colourful character in French rugby, Boudjellal hit out at the match officials after Toulon lost 25-19 to Clermont.

A French video showed him saying: “I experienced my first refereeing sodomy against Clermont in 2009 (in a Top 14 semi-final game). I've just experienced my second tonight. We will be able to see the footage, not on YouTube but on YouPorn.”

Meanwhile, the IRFU have questioned IRB indications that Wales will be allowed to play their 2015 World Cup pool games at the Millennium Stadium.

It had been proposed that Cardiff would host one of the quarter-finals in three years time, and now it has emerged that the IRB are open to the possibility of Wales playing their pool games at home.

“The IRFU’s understanding is that the successful bid for the World Cup was based on England hosting the tournament, with the Millennium Stadium hosting one of the quarter-finals,” said an IRFU spokesman.

“The IRFU are not aware of any discussions or decision that has been made to change this, but would be interested to hear the rationale to play group matches outside of England.”

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