Racially abused player walks off December 17, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist.
Pau second rower Guy Jeannard left the field voluntarily moments before the final whistle of Saturday’s 17-18 defeat to Toulon.
According to Pau club officials overnight, Jeannard 34, said he had been the victim of “intolerable racist insults” from Van Vliet.
He decided to leave the pitch, he said, before doing something he would later regret.
In the tunnel leading from the pitch to the dressing rooms after the match, Van Vliet is reported to have been surrounded and criticised, not only by angry Pau players but also some of his teammates.
In the aftermath of the incident, Toulon centre, Tana Umaga, the Samoa-born New Zealand international, tried to appease Jeannard. The president of Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal, also apologised to the player.
Umaga swapped shirts with Jeannard, who is not expected to take the matter any further.
Pau will not lodge an official complaint.