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Racing 92 suspend Castrogiovanni after Las Vegas party pictures with Ibrahimovic

Martin Castrogiovanni, right, told his club he was heading to Argentina for a family matter. Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images

French heavyweights Racing 92 have suspended prop Martin Castrogiovanni after he was spotted in Las Vegas last weekend.

The Italian told his club he could not play in their Champions Cup semifinal with Leicester last Sunday because he was attending to a family matter in Argentina.

However, he was pictured in Sin City in the company of players from French football team Paris Saint Germain, including the club's talisman and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore and Salvatore Sirigu.

In a statement, translated from French, Racing said: "Following publication in the media of photographs showing Martin Castrogiovanni in the company of Paris Saint Germain this weekend at a hotel in Las Vegas, while the entire team was in Nottingham to contest a European Cup semifinal, Racing 92 decided to suspend the player as a precautionary measure to launch a legal procedure."

Castrogiovanni's absence appeared not to matter to the Top 14 side as they beat Leicester 19-16 to set up a European final with Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens on May 14.

French soccer club PSG had already won the Ligue 1 title and their players were given time off by manager Laurent Blanc.