Clouds on French Rugby. The president of the French Rugby Federation and vice president of the Six Nations Bernard Laporte has been in custody in Paris since this morning. With him also the president of Montpellier Mohed Altrad and three other members of the federal top, all involved in an affair of pressure on institutions and suspicious sponsorships.
A twist, two weeks before the elections of the highest French rugby institution.
Rugby, suspicious sponsorships in France
In 2017 Laporte would have intervened to try to reduce the disqualification and fine imposed on the Altrad club for banners displayed at the Montpellier stadium.
A conflict of interest, according to investigators, considering the link with the wealthy businessman and owner of Montpellier who was the first to become the official sponsor of the French national team, as well as a supporter of the 2023 World Cup, but at rates considered too preferential compared to others partner.
So the deal ended up in the hands of the investigators of the financial prosecutor who this morning summoned the entire staff for interrogations, but also decided to put Laporte, Altrad in custody together with the vice president of the federation Serge Simon, the head of international relations Nicolas Hourquet, and the general manager of the 2023 World Cup, Claude Atcher.
Menwhile, some weeks ago we told you about the Six Nations 2020 dates. It is official, the Six Nations 2020 will be completed in October. After the decision of the World Rugby Council to open the international window from 24 October to 6 December next, the organizers of the tournament have made official dates, times and stadiums for the conclusion of this year's edition, which was interrupted last March.
Italy will be the first team to return to the field: they will do so on Saturday 24 October at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where they will face Ireland in the last game left to play to conclude matchday four. On 31 October, however, the grand final: Wales-Scotland, Italy-England and France-Ireland will be played.
However, some details are still missing: the time of the match between Italy and Ireland has not yet been confirmed, as well as the stadium where Wales-Scotland will be played, given that the Principality Stadium in Cardiff will remain closed until the end of 2020.
. The eventuality of playing behind closed doors will be decided in agreement with the national authorities of each participating team and will be announced shortly. In this regard, the FIR has issued a note where: "it informs that details about the tickets purchased for the tender originally scheduled for March 14 will be disseminated as soon as the competent authorities define the possibility of holding the meeting in the presence, even partial, of the crowd."
The women's tournament will also conclude, although the details of the matches are still vague and will need to be made more precise. In any case, Andrea Di Giandomenico's Italy will play his three remaining matches.
Two will be played on the weekends of 24 and 31 October, and the last on 5 December. The Six Nations under 20 has been definitively canceled. Six Nations 2020: here dates and stadiums Saturday 24 October Ireland v Italy - Aviva Stadium - schedule to be defined Saturday 31 October Wales v Scotland - venue TBC Italy v England - Olympic Stadium France v Ireland - Stade de France Six Nations 2020 women: schedule Fourth day - weekend of 24 October Scotland v France Ireland v Italy Fifth day - weekend of October 31st Wales v Scotland Italy v England France v Ireland Recovery of the third day - weekend of December 5th Italy v Scotland