Advertisement

Share this article


French rugby president Bernard Laporte was released from custody on Wednesday evening. 

The 56-year old was being questioned over his links to Mohed Altrad, the Montpellier owner.

Altrad himself was one of four other individuals being questioned since Tuesday at the offices of the Brigade for the Repression of Economic Crime (BRDE) in Paris

The others are French Rugby Federation (FFR) vice-president Serge Simon, the FFR's international relations executive Nicolas Hourquet and Claude Atcher, the director general of the 2023 Rugby World Cup organising committee.

The case will be left in the hands of France's National Financial Prosecutor's Office to decide the next steps, if any.

The investigation dates back to 2017, when it's alleged Laporte showed favouritism to Altrad and Montpellier.

The Top 14 club had a €70,000 fine reduced to a €20,000 fine and a game forced behind closed doors.

Some months earlier, the Altrad company had become the first shirt sponsor of the France national rugby team. They also offered financial support to France's successful 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.

Laporte had claimed he was subject of a coup, adding, "It all adds up to a truly foul electoral strategy".

He denies any wrongdoing with his lawyer Jean-Pierre Versini-Campinchi saying, "He is perfectly calm about the questions that are likely to be put to him. But he is offended, he is angry."

Laporte's due to stand for reelection as French Rugby Federation (FFR) president on October 3. That election will go ahead as planned, despite a request for a postponement from one of Laporte's opponents - Florian Grill, the president of the Ile-de-France regional league.

However, it was successfully argued that delaying the elections "does not seem responsible, the health uncertainty at the end of the year representing a real risk".


Share this article


Read more about

Bernard Laporte Corruption Ffr France Mohed Altrad Montpellier

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

Up next

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

Suzanne Kane on 98FM

Suzanne Kane on 98FM

10:00-13:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

13:00-16:00

Share

The Big Ride Home With Brian M...

The Big Ride Home With Brian Maher

16:00-19:00

Share

The Fix with Leanne Hanafin

The Fix with Leanne Hanafin

19:00-22:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night...

The Sound of the City at Night with Karl Dawson

22:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on