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Hairy f*cking Italian Martin Castrogiovanni rants about c*nt Richard Cockerill

Hairy f*cking Italian Martin Castrogiovanni rants about c*nt Richard Cockerill

Former Leicester Tiger’s fan favourite Martin Castrogiovanni lashed out at the club following Toulon’s 25-21 loss on Sunday. On his first return to Welford Road since leaving for France, the Italy prop gave an incredibly frank account of why he left last year. His comments are now being investigated by the EPCR authorities.

Today Castrogiovanni apologised for what he said, but European Professional Club Rugby, the organisation that runs the Champions Cup, released a statement saying that they will investigate.

During the extensive outburst, the 33-year-old front rower said that he wanted to put the record straight, so opened up about why he left Leicester (for Toulon) after seven years, vehemently dismissing suggestions that it was financially motivated.

During the rant he took aim at his former boss Richard Cockerill, Leicester’s Director of Rugby.

“I never had the opportunity to defend myself when I left because people talked about this shit and money and Cockers talks about the money, but the real thing when I left this club is because you have [Dan] Cole and you have me,” said Castrogiovanni.

“Cole gets paid half the money from the RFU and I am foreign. What the f*ck you want? You have a good f*cking tighthead prop playing for England and a hairy f*cking Italian.

“The thing is that they made it look like I went for the money, but I paid £100,000 from my pocket to leave this club because I want to play rugby. That’s it,” he explained.

“I always love this club and I wanted to clarify and talk face to face, which is something Cockers never does. I think in the last few years people are getting sacked and this club was not like that before. They used to respect people, now they act like nothing is going on.

“That is not from the club, that is from the guys in charge.

“Everything you do in your life – good or bad – will come back to you and they sack people who have been at this club for 17 years. When I get to this club it was all about the shirt and the badge. It is easy not to talk about the money when you don’t really follow the club.

“I loved this club and I didn’t leave for the money,” Castro insisted.

“Fair enough they deserved to win today. They played really well and we didn’t play our standard. They should play their game of lives. I never want to speak with Cockers any more.

“I am the kind of guy that if I hate you, if you are not clear with me or if you have been a c*nt – how you say in English – I never want to speak to you any more. That’s it. That’s how I am. I am not fake.

“If I hate you, I say in your face and I will never speak to you again. Love me or hate me. I don’t hate anyone. Peace and love. I just don’t like c*nts.

Not afraid of showing that he has an excellent grasp of the English language, he continued with his choice vocabularly and spoke about the return fixture in round 4, at home in Toulon.

“I thought f*cking Leicester were a f*cking amateur team. What about that? If they lost another game at home he [Cockerill] was going to get the sack. Everyone wants to win games against us because we are the best and it’s normal.

“They played quite a good game, they were physical but they’ve just won a game. All they’ve done is win a f*cking game. Now they need to come to our home and we’ll see. We’ll see next week what’s going on.

“I just wanted to say that Cockers is talking too much. He’s just won a game and there is still a lot of f*cking games to play in this tournament. He was saying that people go for the money but he has a lot of f*cking squad players who get paid as well.

“I paid my own f*cking money to leave this club. I don’t need the money to play rugby. I love this game and I used to love this club – I still love this club, but when people are up to here in water, they talk this talk but don’t walk the walk.

“I left half of my heart here and I still love this place. It as a little bit strange to go into a different changing room but this is life as a professional rugby player. It felt like my first game for Italy against Argentina; there was a lot of emotion going around but soon you forget everything when you start playing.

“It was quite beautiful and I really enjoyed it. You never want to hate a player being in another shirt. A club is a club and life keeps going but when you get a lot of love from people like that they understand that you are a good person and you give the heart for this club.

“That is what made me happy because I think they understand that and I think they realise that. A player never wants to be bigger than this club.”

Cockerill had already addressed the media but returned in an attempt to defuse the tension, and responded by downplaying the attack, saying that the two will catch up at some stage.

“I’ve a lot of time for Castro – he’s a fantastic player and icon for this club and a great guy. I always said I would pick on merit and I did. Dan Cole was third choice behind Julian White and Castro and worked hard to become first choice,” Cockerill explained.

“Castro was released from his contract a year early and we agreed a transfer fee with Toulon. One day he’ll realise that’s just sport. This club made him the player he was. I don’t want him to feel bitter towards us. One day we’ll have a beer together and smile about it.”

Castro’s apology

Today Castrogiovanni issued an apology, saying that the language he shouldn’t have used such harsh language, but he stayed firm with what he had expressed.

“First of all I want to make amends for my profanity and apologise to everyone feeling offended by what I said. I’m sorry if my words have created misunderstandings. It also was not my intention to offend anyone, but only to point out my position after some statements.

“I hate lies and hypocrisy. I have always been a loyal person and I have been loyal to all the people I worked with. I felt to be attacked but moreover Toulon was attacked and my feelings were I had to protect my team from yet another provocation,” he said, possibly referring to Cockerill’s column earlier in the week, where he spoke of how Toulon had bought so many good players.

“I have always loved the Tigers. I grew up there and spent seven wonderful years, unique. Leicester supporters have made me feel at home, a beautiful piece of my heart is still there and when I went away it was not because of my will.

“I love rugby and the only thing I want to do is play, so I went to France, at Toulon, one of the best teams in the world,” he added.


  • drg
    3:57 PM 14/12/2014

    I'm with Eddie on this one... I don't know the full details, but it seems to me that Cockerill has made some comment about Castro leaving for the money... I understand it's not exactly the same, but to me Pete, I think this is one of those situations that is somewhat similar to saying POC was wrong in the Jamie Cudmore vs POC moment... where Cudmore threw two or three punches before POC unleashed ginger fury on the Canuck... i.e. POC is a professional so he should just stand their and take it... Perhaps there has been a lot of negativity around the move and a lot of words said that we don't know about..Castro took it for a while then unleashed hell when he finally snapped...

  • drg
    3:53 PM 14/12/2014

    You could be right, but then maybe Cockerill isn't the most approachable bloke? :/ I dunno...

  • drg
    3:49 PM 14/12/2014

    I know not the workings of soccer and how it all goes, however I have 'friends' who supported (or support) Manchester United... I used to look up some results after any Manchester United game, with the hope that they got beaten, one thing that I invariably found was that Mr Ferguson was a loud mouth prat who stamped his feet so much when things didn't go his way that the officials became scared of his wrath... ..Perhaps I'm way off, but that was the impression I got... ...I now get the feeling Cockerill wants to be rugby's version of this... There should never be anything like this in rugby. Rugby needs to do it's best to cling onto what is left of the SPORT and try it's best to avoid adopting any more business... There is a huge time and a place for business within rugby, but the sport should always take precedent over the business side of things!

  • eddie-g
    3:41 PM 11/12/2014

    I think Castro has been reprimanded by Toulon, and there may be further consequences yet. I'm on the fence in terms of never slagging off your former boss. Clearly sometimes it is petulant and unjustified, but sometimes, the player may have a point. And imo, he has just as much right to make it as a former employer does. Part of the professional era is that players sometimes do get smeared by former employers; that's what Castro feels happened here, and if so, then I don't have a problem with him saying so... though perhaps not in these amazing terms!

  • gonter
    11:15 AM 11/12/2014

    I agree some times cockerill is a bit of a tit. However i think its the same as castro he is passionate about the club and never wants to leave. The money must have something to do with him leaving because if it wasnt for money and was for love of the playing why not go to a team where you will start every week for example Treviso?(his experience would help the Italian game there) So for him to say its not about money is a all out lie but i agree he does get more game time now. But i still think cole is a better rounded player now Castro lost alot of his carrying edge in the last 2 seasons with tigers. also i believe it was the way 12x3's left as my understanding is that he signed a deal with out even telling the club he was leaving before it was annouced. unlike for example George Skivington who went and spoke to him about leaving and left on great terms (he is still a great player but was so much better at Leicester) All of this is personal views and abit i picked up from the internet but i could be completely wrong.

  • 10stonenumber10
    8:27 PM 10/12/2014

    I completely agree with you...It is a different setup at Toulon, like the other older players he will be looked after properly, in rotation with Hayman rather than behind him in the order. None of us know the details of the contract, but in my view of it, 'rotation' is better than 'bench'.

  • 10stonenumber10
    10:35 AM 10/12/2014

    Cockerill is still under the misguided assumption that Leicester are the best and only club, and that playing for them is a right of passage for anybody wanting an international career. Like an in-store security guard hanging around the real police trying to look tough, he didn't make the 03 world cup squad, all he has to hold on to is his 'glory days'. He left Leicester himself for a french club when he wasn't getting playing time... A loudmouth hypocrite, blatantly jealous of Castro's hair.

  • 3:14 AM 10/12/2014

    Any supporter of cockerill is no friend of mine. This guy regularly slams players who leave his club, I'm sure partly due to him. He slammed 12trees for leaving, which was petty. All it got billy was a chance to shine and get capped. This guy is a sociopath who wants to control his players and have them pandering to him to play. The only reasons he made his statement is... A) he's scared Castro will whup him B) he's a manipulative prick who still manages to slam him with the "made him" dig. I admire the tigers too but not that prick

  • jimmy23
    11:47 AM 09/12/2014

    As a Northampton Saints fan, can't help but agree with Castro on this one :P

  • 10stonenumber10
    7:05 AM 09/12/2014

    Cockerill always had a nasty edge... a tough player but he often crossed the line. Hewitt vs Cockers at the Dunedin taxi rank was one of rugby's lowest moments. No passion lacking from the premiership's favourite Italian. Castro always played with his heart on his sleeve, he was a fan favourite and a cult hero at Leicester. Would you leave a team like that? Cockerill is just bitter that he lost arguably the standout 6N tight head of the past 10 years, he was ahead of Adam Jones and John Hayes at his best, and rolled over Julian White frequently. Castro wanted to play rugby, and as Cole's performances improved for England, he got less playing time.

  • ando
    5:46 AM 09/12/2014

    F*ck me, he doesn't half swear a bit, eh? To be fair though, Cockerill does seem like a bit of a c*nt... ;)

  • colombes
    10:57 PM 08/12/2014

    Cited for saying the f*****g truth..?


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