French Rugby
Bastareaud seeks help at psychiatric unit
June 29, 2009
France centre Mathieu Bastareaud talks to the press at Marcoussis, February 24, 2009
France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been placed under observation © Getty Images

Stade Francais and France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in the latest twist to the story of his fabricated assault in New Zealand. Bastareaud, 20, admitted last week to lying about how he sustained facial injuries following a night out with team-mates.

Bastareaud originally told team officials that he had been set upon by up to five men following France's second Test defeat to the All Blacks in Wellington, later withdrawing his claim and admitting that he had in fact returned to his hotel drunk and fallen, striking his head on the bedside table.

According to his club president Max Guazzini, Bastareaud has been forced to seek help at an unnamed Paris facility due to "severe psychological problems", and will remain under observation for two weeks.

Reports surfaced in France at the weekend that Bastareaud's injuries may have been caused by a punch from a team-mate, but these claims were stringently denied by both Louis Picamoles and Fulgence Ouedraogo, who were named by reports in newspaper Le Parisien.

Guazzini also criticised "the relentlessness of the press against a boy of 20. Journalists went to his home and that of his parents. He is completely destroyed, we must leave him alone."


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