Disaster was averted. Provisionally or not, time will tell. This Wednesday, the FFR decided to release the licenses of Biarritz Olympique ” in exchangewarns the federation in its press release, a firm commitment from the amateur association to pay the balance of the club account for the 2021-2022 season and a schedule of associated transfers. The FFR took this decision to allow Biarritz Olympique to continue developing the practice at all levels of competition and its professional team to participate in the Pro D2 championship, from the first day against Oyonnax this Thursday, August 25. »
The assumption that the BO, relegated in June after finishing the Top 14 season in last place, cannot administratively starting the Pro D2 season depended on the settlement of a debt of 115,000 euros (the price of all licenses), owed by the amateur association to the FFR. As revealed South West, the institution had decided to block the licenses at the beginning of August. It therefore agreed to lift this sanction on an exceptional basis.
Against the background of the conflict between the club association and President Aldigé
The crux of the problem comes from the fact that the association has so far refused to pay the amount due as long as the professional section of the club, chaired by Jean-Baptiste Aldigé, does not reimburse him more than 300,000 euros. A sum that the staff of the pro club has always denied owing him.
For months and months now, the two branches of the BO have clashed in an escalating conflict. Still it would be necessary to know who is the legitimate president of the association. The answer will perhaps arise in two days from the Bayonne court, seized of a complaint by David Couzinet who refuses to recognize the appointment in his place of Guillaume Raoulx, following an extraordinary general meeting held on July 19.
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