French rugby chief Bernard Laporte quits position after conviction

Bernard Laporte on Friday resigned his position as president of France’s rugby union federation after being convicted of corruption, the sports activities minister mentioned.

“I can affirm that Bernard Laporte has resigned,” Amelie Oudea-Castera advised reporters after a gathering of the federation’s prime officers at its headquarters in Marcoussis close to Paris.

Laporte, 58, who as coach guided France to the World Cup semi-finals in 2003 and 2007, obtained a two-year suspended jail sentence in December.

A court docket discovered he had proven favouritism in awarding a shirt sponsorship contract for the nationwide facet to Mohed Altrad, the billionaire proprietor of High 14 champions Montpellier.

The affair has clouded France’s preparations to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the game’s world showpiece occasion, which kicks off on September 8.

Laporte, a charismatic however generally abrasive determine who had been on the helm of French rugby since 2016, had already stepped down from his position as vice-chairman of the game’s world governing physique, World Rugby.

Along with his suspended jail sentence he was banned in December from holding any rugby publish for 2 years, however that is suspended pending an enchantment.

Laporte had already stood down from his job pending Friday’s assembly.

His proposal to nominate Patrick Buisson as interim president was rejected after a vote by French golf equipment on Thursday.

On Tuesday Laporte was launched with out cost after being detained earlier within the day as a part of an investigation into an unrelated alleged tax fraud.


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