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Ronan O'Gara slams decision to hold Munster game in Marseille as a "disgrace"

Published 28/04/2014 | 11:29

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - APRIL 27:  Matt Giteau (L) of Toulon leads the celebrations after their victory during the Heineken Cup semi final match between Toulon and Munster at the Stade Velodrome on April 27, 2014 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Matt Giteau (L) of Toulon leads the celebrations after their victory over Munster in front of a barren stand at the Stade Velodrome

Former Munster out-half Ronan O'Gara has blasted the decision to play Munster's Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon at a Stade Velodrome Stadium that is still under construction.

Despite an immensely brave performance, Munster were beaten 24-16 by big-spending Toulon.

One of the main stands at the stadium in Marseille was completely vacant for one of the biggest games in European club rugby and the Racing Metro kicking coach was not impressed.

"The players and the supporters deserved a better stadium than yesterday. To have a game of that importance in a stadium with one whole stand malfunctioning is a disgrace," he said on the Ray D'Arcy Show this morning.

"I couldn't believe it when I arrived at the ground. People had to watch a game and the players had to play in a game where the whole east stand of Croke Park is gone for a semi-final of a European competition. It was staggering really.

"There were over 10,000 Munster supporters there yesterday and they deserve better than that.

"Playing there too, it has an affect. Every set piece on that side of the pitch, there's no vocal support and players feed off that too. They deserve better than that for getting to the elite stage of a competition."

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