French Rugby Federation HQ Raided By Police In Investigation Into FFR President
The French Rugby Federation (FFR) HQ was raided by police on Monday, according to Bernès & Bourel of L’ÉQUIPE. The raid was ordered by France’s National Finance Office (PNF), which opened a preliminary investigation into the favoritism affair involving FFR President Bernard Laporte. He is suspected of pressuring French rugby’s appeals commission to reduce a fine on Pro14 side Montpellier in June. The club is owned by Mohed Altrad, with whom Laporte signed a personal contract worth €150,000. Altrad’s construction firm, Altrad Group, recently signed a five-year, €35M-per-year contract to sponsor the French national men’s rugby team’s jersey. It was the only company to bid for the sponsorship (L’ÉQUIPE, 1/23). In Paris, Décugis & Pelletier reported Laporte’s home was also raided. The preliminary investigation by the PNF is “looking to shed light on possible conflicts of interest.” Laporte has denied all allegations. Altrad’s home as well as Altrad Group offices were also raided (LE PARISIEN, 1/23).