Gigot: “I behaved like an idiot

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Catalans Dragons full-back Tony Gigot has reacted to the ban he has been given for inappropriate behaviour towards an anti-doing official.

He originally had a two-year ban but Catalans appealed and it was reduced to three months.

However, the AFLD (French anti-doping agency) accused Gigot of attempting to bribe a doping officer ahead of France’s test against England last year. Now the ban stands at two years again and comes as a massive blow for Catalans’ survival hopes.

“I behaved like an idiot,” Gigot told L’Independant.

“What I said was stupid. I wanted to have a joke without thinking about the consequences. Now I’m paying for it.”

Gigot was in line to feature for France at this year’s World Cup but his selection is now in doubt following his recent suspension.

Catalans are standing by their man though and hope to have his most recent suspension overturned