Dan Carter’s Perpignan club are under investigation by the IRB after playing banned hooker Marius Tincu in last weekend’s French Top 14 championship win over Castres.
RugbyHeaven NZ reports that Tincu is meant to be in the middle of an 18-week ban after the 30-year-old Romanian was found guilty of eye-gouging during the Heineken Cup match against the Ospreys on October 18.
He is barred from competing at any level of the game until March 9, 2009.
But Perpignan played him against Castres and now the IRB are demanding an explanation.
“The IRB has asked the Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR) to submit a complete record of the events, decisions and procedures that resulted in the apparent breach of sanction and Tincu taking to the field against Castres Olympique,” read an IRB statement.
“On receipt of the report the IRB will decide on the appropriate course of action.”
Perpignan were so annoyed with Tincu’s ban that they reportedly considered pulling out of the Heineken Cup at one stage.
“USAP believe this decision is quite simply scandalous, even grotesque, and is based on no real fact since no image or injury to the Welsh player could establish that Marius Tincu could be blamed for this reprehensible act,” Perpignan said in a statement at the time.
“It is a shameful decision worthy of a banana-boat republic where people get punished only on someone’s say-so, without any material proof.”
Perpignan moved to second in the French championship with the win over Castres and are desperate for some silverware now that they have Carter in their midstTweet