Friday 30 September 2016

Martin Castrogiovanni suspended by Racing 92 after missing Champions Cup semis to party with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Las Vegas

Published 27/04/2016 | 08:03

Martin Castrogiovanni said he had a family matter to miss a match but then was out in Las Vegas CREDIT: TWITTER
Martin Castrogiovanni said he had a family matter to miss a match but then was out in Las Vegas CREDIT: TWITTER

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been suspended by his club Racing 92 after pictures of him partying in Las Vegas surfaced on social media over the weekend with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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The 34-year-old is said to have told Racing that he could not play in their Champions Cup semi-final clash with Leicester Tigers as he had a family matter to attend to in Argentina.

His club gave him the time off only to see photos later circulate on Twitter and Instagram of him enjoying time with PSG stars including Sweden striker Ibrahimovic.

In a statement, Racing said: "Following the publication in the media of photographs showing Martin Castrogiovanni with Paris Saint-Germain footballers this weekend at a hotel in Las Vegas, while the entire Racing squad was in Nottingham to contest a European Cup semi-final, Racing 92 have decided to suspend the player as a precautionary measure prior to launching legal proceedings."

The Italian was also joined by PSG players Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore and Salvatore Sirigu. PSG have already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title earlier this season and had been given some time off by manager Laurent Blanc.

In Castrogiovanni's absence, Parisian side Racing beat Leicester to reach the final where they will face Saracens on May 14.

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