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Bayonne statement: Police arrest of the club's assistant coach

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Top 14 newcomers Bayonne have issued a statement following the arrest of assistant coach Antoine Battut and their former physical trainer Cyril Gomes after an incident at a medical clinic emergency room. Promoted as Pro D2 champions, the club is due to launch its top-flight campaign with a September 3 trip to Toulon.

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However, preparations have now been complicated following a late-night incident this week in which a nurse was allegedly attacked. The Bayonne statement read: “Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro has learned that a member of the sports staff is involved in an incident that occurred overnight from Monday to Tuesday.

“The club would like to point out that this event took place during a period of leave. The management of the club, which will meet the employee concerned as soon as possible, strongly condemns these facts which took place in a private context.

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“Anxious to let justice do its job, the club will not make any additional comments and will take all necessary measures.”

Bayonne didn’t name the people caught up in the incident but local newspaper Sud-Ouest named the duo involved as current assistant coach Battut and former employee Gomes. Their story explained that the pair allegedly hit a nurse at the Aguilera clinic in Biarritz and a complaint was lodged at the local police station for aggravated violence.

The media reported that the two men – who were intoxicated – had accompanied the Bayonne club’s video analyst to the emergency room after he was the victim of a scooter accident but a clash took place at the clinic that allegedly left a nurse bloodied on the ground. This led to Gomes being arrested at the scene and Battut, who was suspected of having thrown a punch, was taken into custody later on. He was reportedly released on Wednesday afternoon.

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The 38-year-old enjoyed a 16-year professional career as a player, starting out with two years at Toulouse before switching to Auch and Montauban and then arriving at Racing in 2010. Battut spent four seasons in Paris before three seasons followed at Montpellier and he then ended his career with a three-season stint at Bayonne before moving into coaching with them.

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