Forced to step back because of his conviction by the courts, Bernard Laporte offers this Friday his “double” at the head of the FFR.

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President of the French Federation (FFR) sentenced to two-year suspended prison sentence at first instance for corruption, Bernard Laporte must appoint Friday the one who would become his “understudy” if the clubs were to validate this choice during a consultation. On which name will decide, by the end of the month, the approximately 1,900 clubs of the country called to vote in favor or not of the delegate president whom he will have himself proposed to the office of the FFR?

Several favorites have emerged since the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, in order to avoid “a bloodbath” within the instance, accepted the principle of the withdrawal of Laporte pending a final criminal decision. Patrick Buisson, federal vice-president in charge of amateur rugby since October 2020, is one of them. Former leader of the Gard club of Uzès and the Committee of Provence, he was previously responsible for digital reform and simplification during the first term of the 58-year-old Aveyronnais, to whom he is close.

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This 65-year-old former scrum-half, computer scientist in civilian life, would make more consensus with the amateur community than the current No. 2 of the FFR, Serge Simon, also involved in the affair which embarrasses hexagonal rugby at eight months of the World Cup (September 8-October 28) in France. The former pillar was acquitted by the Paris Criminal Court on December 13 of the charge of “illegal taking of interests”. But, since then, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) has appealed this decision.

Whatever name emerges, the opposition, led by the president of the Ligue d’Île-de-France, Florian Grill, is calling on French clubs to ” say no “ to what she describes as “referendum”. In a statement released on Tuesdayshe denounces “a parody of voting! The proposed referendum is an ersatz democracy. The artificial maintenance of Bernard Laporte and his team is only the result of the weakness of the statutes of the FFR concerning the ethics and ethics of its leaders.. “The choice of a successor by a doomed president makes us look ridiculous in the eyes of the whole world”adds the Oval Together list, which would have preferred a general election.

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