World Rugby vice president and FFR president accused of favoring rules Mohamed Altrad and Claude Accher
A year after the Rugby World Cup at home, rugby France sees its federal president Bernard Laporte under investigation in a corruption trial that will begin on September 7 and a verdict is expected by September 22.
Laporte, 58, has a Of course with honors Impressive: the former coach of the French national team from 1999 to 2007, then Minister of Sports during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Football Association since 2016 and since 2020 he is the Vice-President of both the Six Nations and Rugby World Championships.
The start of the corruption investigation also dates back to 2020 and is now in court. The French manager is accused of being the cornerstone of a system of aiding and abetting billionaire Mohamed El Trad, among others Montpellier president and France national team sponsor, Claude Accher, recently. Remove him from his turn As General Manager for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
According to the report of the National Financial Prosecutor, the French judicial institution that deals with major crimes in economic and financial crimes: “The friendship between the two men [Laporte e Altrad] And commercial relations are at the center of the case, which dates back to February 2017, when they signed an agreement that Laporte, then-president of the FFR, agreed to appear at the cruiser group conferences and sold his image rights for 180,000 euros.”
But while the amount was in fact paid, the prosecution claims the services were never performed. However, Laporte then made several public statements in support of the cruiser, and the following March, he signed a €1.8 million agreement with the entrepreneur and his namesake company, making it the number one sponsor ever. Appears on the shirts of the French national team. “
He also accuses Laporte of favoring Altrad in renewing the sponsorship agreement for 2018, interfering in the proceedings of the Federation’s Disciplinary Committee to reduce the fine on Montpellier from 70 thousand to 20 thousand euros and some other episodes of the same type. According to the defense, there is no causal link between the events and the 2017 agreement was canceled the following summer, when the press began covering it.
The trial will also look into the relationship between the federal president and former Rugby World Cup general manager Claude Atcher. The last company, Sport XV, was to win four contracts, all tied to the 2023 World Cup. According to prosecutors, the French Federation had paid a bonus of 30,000 euros to the company related to one of the four contracts, though. It was never completed.
Along with Laporte, Altrade and Usher, FFR second-in-command Serge Simon and Nicholas Horkeh, another federal executive, are also being investigated.
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