New scandal in French sports: the president of the handball federation is being investigated for corruption of minors

They arrest the French Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte, for tax fraud

Bruno Martini, at a press convention in 2012Frank FifeAFP

Scandals accumulate in sports activities federations in France. If two weeks in the past the president of the French Soccer Federation, Nol Le Grat, was faraway from workplace after an investigation into sexual harassment throughout the group, now those that are being investigated are the president of the French handball league (LNH), Bruno Martini, for corruption of minors, and that of the Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte, for tax fraud. Three presidents of three federations with open investigations.

Within the case of Martini, the French justice investigates the previous world champion after the criticism of a 13-year-old adolescentwho accuses the 52-year-old athlete of proposing a gathering by way of a social community, which he didn’t attend, after exchanging photos of a sexual nature on this community.

The double world champion should seem earlier than the choose at this time. The crimes of which he’s accused are corruption of minors and recording photos of kid pornography. In line with the French press, the athlete would have acknowledged the details to the investigators, assuring that he thought {the teenager} was 15 years outdated, and never 13.

The choose will suggest that you simply admit guilt, which can cut back your sentence. The athlete, who retired in 2007 and has been president of the league since final November, he was the goalkeeper of the nationwide workforce when he was proclaimed handball world champion in 1995 and 2001.

third scandal

Added to this case is one other: that of bernard laportepresident of the nationwide rugby union (FFR), Bernard Laporte, who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of cash laundering from aggravated tax fraud.

This case is completely different from one other for which he was already sentenced in December to 2 years in jail, with a suspended sentence, for corruption. Laporte is a central determine in French rugby, a extremely popular sport within the nation. He was a former coach and in addition Secretary of State for Sports activities between 2007 and 2009with President Nicolas Sarkozy.

It’s the third case of scandal in a couple of weeks within the domes of French sport. His counterpart within the soccer federation, Nol Le Graet, is being investigated for ethical and sexual harassment. Two weeks in the past I did some controversial statements about Zinedine Zidaneduring which he mentioned that he wouldn’t have picked up the telephone if the previous Actual Madrid coach had known as him to use as coach.

The commotion attributable to his derogatory phrases partly accelerated sexual harassment investigation. The French Minister of Sports activities known as him for consultations and that very same day a former FFF employee recounted on French tv the harassment she had suffered from Le Grat. The subsequent day, the federation suspended him from workplace. All these scandals tarnish the picture of France, which celebrates the Olympic Video games in Paris subsequent yr.