Bernard Laporte appoints Patrick Buisson as delegate president of the FFR

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Bernard Laporte appoints Patrick Buisson as delegate president of the FFR

According to information Figarowhich we are able to confirm, Bernard Laporte – sentenced at first instance in December a two-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of 75,000 euros and a two-year ban on exercising any function related to rugby, for passive corruption, influence peddling, illegal taking of interests, concealment of abuse corporate assets and misuse of corporate assets – appointed Patrick Buisson as deputy president of the FFR to replace him within the institution.

The latter has so far been in charge of amateur rugby within the Federation. He is very popular with the base. The choice of Laporte may appear as a disappointment for the other favorite for the presidency, Serge Simon, faithful and ally of the boss of the FFR. Vice-president of the institution, Simon, released in the Laporte-Altrad case, will be retried, since the prosecution has appealed the court’s decision to clear him.

A vote at the end of January

Before taking office, the delegate president must be dubbed democratically by France rugby. It was the wish of the Ministry of Sports. A referendum will therefore be organized at the end of January. It should last three days, between the 23rd and the 25th, and all operations will be monitored by the ethics committee. What will happen if Patrick Buisson is not accepted by the clubs? Will Laporte have to nominate a new candidate? The terms of the vote will be determined during the federal office organized this Friday.

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