Claassens angers Caveman
22 Dec 2008
Sébastien Chabal has accused Michael Claassens of deliberately kicking him in the face during Sale’s Premiership loss to Bath.
The Frenchmen, who was sent to the sin-bin for swinging a punch at Claassens in the first half of the game, insists he was provoked by the former Bok scrumhalf at a ruck near the Sale line. A furious Chabal left the field with a red mark clearly visibly on his cheekbone.
“I can accept people pulling my hair, but I cannot accept a kick in the face,” said Chabal. “I could have been badly injured. He did not kick me strongly, but he did it. I hope he will be banned for a few months. Because it is really, really bad. We will cite him, because it is not normal.
“He kicked me on the face and for that I jumped on his back, but I didn’t touch him at all. It is not acceptable. I did not punch him. I don’t know why I was sin-binned. I didn’t punch him. Maybe it was for aggression or something.”
To add to Chabal’s frustration, Bath went on to win the game 24-20 to move into second place on the Premiership log. London Irish are top after thrashing Gloucester 42-12.