France suspend fullback for racist comment

France fullback Melvyn Jaminet has been suspended from the national team after posting a video on social media with a racist comment, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said.

The 25-year-old, who plays for Top 14 club Toulon, was seen saying, “the first Arab I come across, I’ll throw him a headbutt,” in a video that was widely shared recently.

The French team are currently playing in a summer tour in Argentina.

“FFR strongly condemns the remarks made by Melvyn Jaminet in a video recently posted on social networks. Such comments are totally unacceptable and contrary to the fundamental values of our sport,” the FFR said in a statement.

“As a result, Melvyn Jaminet has been suspended with immediate effect and is leaving the France squad currently in Argentina.”

The FFR added that an internal investigation is under way.

The decision was welcomed by French Minister of Sports Amelie Oudea-Castera, who called for “zero tolerance against racism” in a post on X.

– Reuters

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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