29 Sep 2009

Bastareaud sentenced to community service over lies

8:48 am on 29 September 2009

A French rugby player who lied about being assaulted after a Test match in Wellington in June, will have to do community service with amateur rugby clubs as a punishment.

Mathieu Bastareaud is already back playing rugby after being briefly hospitalised with psychological problems.

In a decision issued on Monday, the French Rugby Federation's disciplinary commitee suspended a three-month ban from rugby if Bastareuad carried out the community service.

The committee says the player's actions have harmed the wider interests of rugby.

Bastareaud finally owned up to sustaining facial injuries in Wellington after a drunken fall in his room, saying he invented the assault story to avoid being sent home by the French team management.