The political crisis into which French rugby is sinking every day continues to make headlines. It is the turn of Ovale Ensemble, an opposition group to the former president of the FFR, Bernard Laporte, and his designated successor, Alexandre Martinez, to experience internal turmoil. This Thursday, the former tricolor coach, Jean-Claude Skrela, issued a press release in which he regretted the resignation en bloc of the elected members of Ovale Ensemble, namely Florian Grill, Jean-Marc Lhermet, Pascale Demoustier, Serge Blanco, Marion Kellin, Claude Hélias, Eric Champ and Sylvain Deroeux.
“Can you imagine a political group in the National Assembly or the Senate resigning in the middle of a session? You have to know how to keep your nerves”
After having contacted the FFR to find out if it was possible for him to cancel his resignation on his own and in the administrative impossibility to do so, the former third-line Toulouse international wing explained his position: “ We should have stayed on the FFR steering committee out of respect for the clubs that voted for us. Our resignation prevents those who voted for us from being represented. »
Jean-Claude Skrela admits that he does not understand the reason which prompted the head of the list Florian Grill to withdraw from the federal steering committee last Friday, and with him all the other opposition members. ” It is not a decision that was taken collectively within the group of elected officials of Ovale Ensemble,” he regrets. “Can you imagine a political group in the National Assembly or the Senate resigning in the middle of a session? You have to know how to keep your nerves “says Skrela. And to conclude, saddened, while waiting for the rest: As a club leader told me, you are gone, we are nothing. I can’t resolve it. »
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