Toulon problems pile up as Bastareaud gets five-week ban
Toulon captain and French international battering-ram Mathieu Bastareaud was banned for five weeks on Wednesday for throwing a punch at an opponent in a Top 14 game.
The centre was sanctioned for his attack on Castres forward Christophe Samson at the end of Toulon's 28-27 win over the champions 10 days ago.
Bastareaud dived into a ruck as Castres turned over the ball and smashed an arm into Samson, who was on the ground. At some point in the chaos, the Toulon centre took a knee in the face.
He saw red while Samson was yellow-carded.
Three-time European champions Toulon have endured a chaotic start to the French season with just one win and three losses in their opening four Top 14 games.
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