Why this collective resignation?
On July 23, the president of the National Management Control Commission (CNCG) of the French Handball Federation, Florence Moraglia, resigns. According to the regulations, this entails that of the 14 other members of the CNCG. On Wednesday, Francis Serex, member, former president and co-founder of this commission, active within the FFHB for forty years, made public, among our colleagues from West Francea letter addressed to the president of the Federation, Philippe Bana, in which he expresses a “deep despair” and says to himself “sorry for the lack of respect and trust towards (his) commitment and that of all the members of the CNCG […] ».
In question, the non-validation, by the executive office of the FFHB, of the candidacy of Cécile Mantel, former lawyer of the Federation, as a member of the CNCG, after the refusal of that of Alain Koubi, former treasurer of the FFHB (and present on the list of Jean-Pierre Feuillan during the last elections, at the end of 2020). “I haven’t had anyone turned down in thirty years, and we feature volunteers we know wellregrets Serex. Cécile Mantel is very competent, she knows the Federation’s files very well. » According to Francis Serex and Florence Moraglia, an employee of the Federation would have pressed for this candidacy to be rejected.
Second point of contention: Rémy Lévy, former president of Montpellier and current vice-president of the Federation in charge of legal and professional sport, would have intervened to save Bourg-de-Péage, 9th in the Butagaz League this season, in financial difficulties. “The political power intervened during the investigation of a file”, protests Serex. Lévy denies any contact with the club’s new shareholder. “At the end of 2021 – beginning of 2022, the club asked me, as legal manager, about the validity of the agreement which binds the association and the professional company, he explains. It was poorly written and had not been sent in time to the Prefecture, it blocked subsidies from local authorities. I simply gave my opinion, and I do not know the buyer of the club. »
Why are women’s professional clubs worried?
The CNCG checks, each month, the accounts and management (pay slips, etc.) of nearly 30 professional clubs, competing in the Women’s First and Second Division Championships, and certain National 1 men’s clubs, in addition to amateur clubs. (about 200). Its members also had a more informal role of advising and alerting clubs and players, particularly on contracts. The CNCG had also contributed, by providing statistical data, to the birth of the collective agreement for women’s handball (Dihane).
Hence the concern of the three unions representing players (AJPH), coaches (7 masters) and women’s pro clubs (UCPHF), who have opened up to the president of the Federation. How to ensure continuity of service and fairness without CNCG? Contacted, Philippe Bana did not respond to our requests.
But Rémy Lévy, appointed interim chairman of the commission by the board of directors wishes to reassure: “All authorizations (to enter the Championships)
clubs had been given, everything was in order and completed under Mrs. Moraglia’s signature, including the validation of Bourg-de-Péage’s entry. We only have to manage day-to-day business, in the event of recruiting a player, checking the payroll limit for example. And the bulk of the work will come back at the end of the year, after validation of the budgets. »
The creation of an autonomous women’s league in question? In their letter, the three unions proposed that the women’s pro clubs, in the absence of CNCG, be controlled by the CNACG, the NHL commission, the men’s league. ” Impossible, replies Rémy Lévy. Legally, the LFH is an entity of the Federation. The CNACG can’t deal with women’s clubs for two or three months, it doesn’t make sense. »
The idea, if it continues its way beyond the current conflict, could put on the table the broader question of a Women’s League which would no longer depend on the Federation.