The nine members of the opposition Oval Ensemble of Florian Grill demanded the resignation of the Steering Committee as a whole to proceed to new elections quickly. Their leader, Florian Grill denounces a “diktat”.
A few minutes after the resignation of Bernard Laporte from his position as president of the French Rugby Federation, the nine members of the opposition Oval Ensemble of Florian Grill announced their resignation from the Steering Committee of the Federation. A way of protesting against the establishment of an interim president until June, in accordance with article 21, until a general assembly and new elections to designate a successor to Laporte.
“It’s a a real hold-up, a denial of democracy by imposing an interim president without legitimacy. We asked the clubs for their opinion and we don’t take it into account. It’s a putsch“, denounces Florian Grill, leader of the opposition who proposed another way, more democratic according to him and also defended by Amélie Oudéa-Castera, the Minister of Sports. “The second option that we were calling for was that of article 15. It offered the possibility for the steering committee to resign. It lasted exactly six weeks and we had the opportunity to listen to the clubs by being responsible vis-à-vis French rugby“, Continued the president of the Île-de-France regional rugby league, which justifies his resignation and that of his supporters.
«They chose the first option and our elected officials considered that it was necessary to resign. We cannot condone this way of doing things which is a diktat on French rugby“, added the official who imagines the continuation of the operations at the head of the Federation:”This interim president (who should be the treasurer Alexandre Martinez according to our information) will have managed without legitimacy through the ballot box until June and the general assembly. And since we have resigned from the steering committee, a member of their team will be able to run and become the new president of the French rugby federation without going to the polls.»
The first values of rugby is to respect democracy, but their word from the clubs has not been listened to
«It is not respectful when democracy was expressed with the consultation of clubs. The first value of rugby is to respect democracy, but their word from the clubs has not been listened to. It is a form of putsch. I thought that the elected members of the Steering Committee were rugby volunteers and that they would have a sense of historical responsibility. It is a major issue for the image of the country and French rugby in the year of the World Cup, before the renegotiation of the Stade de France and the problems in amateur rugby“, regretted Florian Grill, beaten in the elections for the head of the FFR in 2020 (48.53% of the vote) against Laporte.
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