Former Ulster Fijian tells of racial abuse in French league

Montpellier’s Timoci Nagusa claims monkey gestures were made at him by a spectator

Montpellier's Fijian utility back Timoci Nagusa has claimed he was racially abused by a Pau fan during a French Top 14 game on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the first half when he picked up a yellow card, Nagusa told French rugby weekly Midi Olympique on Monday.

“I saw this man in the crowd. He was doing terrible gestures... like a monkey... at the beginning, I did not pay attention but he continued,” Nagusa said.

“I was about 10 metres from him and when I went towards him, I was wondering if I was going to jump on him and punch him but I changed my mind. I’m better than that.”


Nagusa said he would not file charges, explaining that he did not want to “do anything that could ruin this man’s life”.

In a joint statement, Montpellier and Pau said they would do “everything they can to sanction this act that does not reflect the spirit and values of the two clubs or rugby”.

Nagusa made 30 appearances for Ulster between 2008 and 2010.