Sale and France hard man Sebastien Chabal has reacted angrily to the yellow card he was shown early on during Saturday’s last-minute defeat to Bath at The Rec, accusing Michael Claassens of deliberately kicking him in the face.
Sporting Life reports that the ‘Caveman’ was sent to the sin midway through an ill-tempered first half after an off-the-ball skirmish with Claassens. Chabal was incensed after the incident and Sale have promised to review the tapes of the incident.
“I can accept people pulling my hair, but I cannot accept a kick in the face,” said Chabal, who was seen leaving the field with a red mark clearly visibly on his cheekbone.
“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.”
Chabal, who has a reputation for being hard but fair, is adamant that he was provoked by Claassens at a ruck near the Sale line leading to the altercation for which he was sent from the field.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
Sale coach Kingsley Jones and director of rugby Philippe Saint-Andre have already backed their player.
However, Bath coach Steve Meehan said: “The action he (Chabal) took on Claassens was too much.”Tweet