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Mourad Boudjellal: "French rugby is racist"

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Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal accuses the French rugby community of being racist.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has accused sections of the French rugby community of being racist.

The outspoken owner is due to face a disciplinary committee today over allegations of bringing the game into disrepute following remarks made about refereeing.

"Today, if a certain section of the country is not at all interested in rugby, it's because it is very conservative, and reflects a very particular stereotypical Frenchness with which many people do not identify," La Provence quotes Boudjellal as saying.

"French rugby is racist. It reflects a France which is very inward-looking and conservative.

"I've had racist insults hurled at me in stadiums. I regularly receive letters calling me a 'dirty Arab,' telling me I should return to Algeria. No-one can give me lessons on morality, education and politeness, especially in the rugby environment."

Boudjellal faces a 60-day suspension if found guilty.

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