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Up Wexford
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Bernard Laporte and France

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https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2020/092 ... ing-probe/

Bernard getting his come-uppence? Perhaps, in fairness to the French they tend to stand up to corruption in sports (IOC, FIFA) even tho they breed some of the worst. (Platini, Tour de France)

Pretty damning assesment. Essetially he's as crooked as a shepards hook, its just trying to catch him. When he makes the rules its hard to do that

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Aside from possibly Italy, French sport is the most corrupt in Western Europe. The way Sarkozy and Platini cozied up to Qatar for the 2022 world cup rights (and the purchase of PSG) is absolutely disgusting.

In the Laporte case, don't forget that some small countries like Georgia voted for France largely based on 'sponsorships' from Altrad.
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Bernard being kept in custody for another 24 hours.

Edit - looks like there was some confusion with this story. The IT was reporting yesterday his detention was being extended by 24 hours, now they say he was released after 24 hours.
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Re: Bernard Laporte and France

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French politics has often involved 'targeting sports individuals' who are supported by a particular party. This is an example of same. The process usually involves a major newspaper and a Government Minister who takes up the cause. Getting a national investigative agency is a key element and this has occurred here.

However, the perception among many French rugby journalists is that Laporte is the 'strong man' that French national rugby needs and anyway, despite Altrad's money, Montpellier have won nothing of substance. If this is portrayed as an attack against Laporte's re-election campaign it will run out of support unless they produce a 'smoking gun'.

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If we cast our minds back to the RWC 2023 competition and draw, we've got a good idea how Laporte and World Rugby works.

In our naievety, we thought we had a 1 in 3 chance, Croke park for a final, pairing up with other Celtic nations, rugby was on a real high in Ireland at the time. But the simple facts were Ireland and the government were only offering 185 million to play and vague notions of "growing the game" "gateway to america" etc, so we were dead in the water, a waste of everyones time in the eyes of World Rugby.

South Africa came in with 280 mil approx I think, and could have made it to 300 mil which was Frances offer. Laporte got on to someone - Altrad it now seems - guaranteed 350 million and then it was up to World Rugby to ensure the votes fell where they were told.

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/ ... -1.4364809

Edit: the ramblings of an extremely innocent man. Also havee to agree with the above that he sees himself as a strongman - "this is not a threat but everyone who went against us will be held accountable" :lol: :lol:

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