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Brennan facing fan legal action
Toulouse player Trevor Brennan appears to land a blow on the Ulster supporter
Toulouse player Trevor Brennan lashed out at an Ulster fan
The Ulster rugby fan punched by Toulouse player Trevor Brennan at a Heineken Cup tie is taking legal action against the former Irish international.

Patrick Bamford said he had instructed a lawyer in France to pursue criminal and civil proceedings against the player.

He is also taking libel action against a number of media outlets.

Mr Bamford accused them of publishing false and damaging claims about his role in the incident last month.

"Following the violent attack on me a fortnight ago during which I suffered a number of injuries, I can confirm that I have instructed a lawyer in France to pursue criminal and civil proceedings against Mr Brennan," Mr Bamford said.

"To attend a rugby match as an innocent spectator and be the victim of this particularly vicious physical assault was extremely shocking in itself."

"But to then have to be subjected to false claims about my behaviour was the final straw, leaving me with no alternative but to place the matter in the hands of libel lawyer Paul Tweed, to take the appropriate legal action."

After the incident in Toulouse, Mr Brennan claimed he had been verbally abused by a group of Ulster fans.

Mr Brennan, a 33-year-old Dubliner who won 13 caps for Ireland between 1998 and 2001, also owns a pub in Toulouse.

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