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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 12:03 GMT
Castres cite Clohessy
Referee Tony Spreadbury was unable to identify who had bitten Clohessy
Munster claim Clohessy was bitten by Ismaela Lassissi
Munster's veteran Irish international prop Peter Clohessy is involved in a tit-for-tat citing.

Clohessy has been accused of allegedly racially-abusing Castres forward Ismaelia Lassissi.

The French club have made a formal complaint against Clohessy claiming he made the remarks to the 32-year-old Ivory Coast-born player during Saturday' European Cup match.

Lassissi was initially cited by Munster after Clohessy was allegedly bitten.

French television pictures appear to show that Lassissi did bite Clohessy in the match which Castres won 21-13.

You can imagine with the colour of Lassissi's skin what words were used
Patrick Alran

Clohessy had to have his arm bandaged after the incident in the second half of the match which Castres won 21-13.

A three-man disciplinary committee appointed by ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux would discuss the citings in Dublin on Thursday.

Castres' director Patrick Alran said the racist allegations against Clohessy had been made by Scotland fly-half Gregor Townsend.

"We have cited Clohessy for using discriminatory and racist words to our player,'' Alran told the Daily Mail newspaper.

"I do not want to repeat the words.

"You can imagine with the colour of Lassissi's skin what words were used - I have no doubt it happened.


"Gregor Townsend told us about it. We have witnesses," he said.

However, Munster manager Jerry Holland was stunned at the citing of Clohessy, who was very agitated after the incident.

"We have been involved in European Cup rugby for six years and we have never cited a player, nor have any of our players ever been cited," he said.

Clohessy's citing for racial abuse comes hot on the heels of similar claims by Newcastle Falcons' director of rugby Rob Andrew against French hooker Oliver Azam.

The Rugby Football Union suspended both players last week for fighting - Azam for five weeks and Taione for three - while they also launched a separate enquiry into the racist allegations.

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