[VIDEO] Rugby: Former RC Nîmes at the heart of the Altrad-Laporte trial… who is Claude Atcher, fired from France 2023

[VIDEO] Rugby: Former RC Nîmes at the heart of the Altrad-Laporte trial... who is Claude Atcher, fired from France 2023

Claude Atcher was fired as a precaution from the direction of the 2023 Rugby World Cup played in France, this Monday, August 29. He is also at the heart of the Altrad-Laporte trial, which opens on September 7. Portrait of the 66-year-old man, born in Sauclières in Aveyron.

Following a survey published on June 22 by The team, claude atcher he was fired as a precautionary measure for the management of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. A decision revealed by the Ministry of Sports to the sports daily. The reasons ? The 66-year-old businessman is said to be behind the deleterious climate and “management of terror” at the offices of the Group of Public Interest (GIP) France 2023.

Alerted by this situation, the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castera had seized the labor inspection and the ethics committee of the GIP. After a first report, on Monday, August 29, a first sanction fell.

Tried in the Laporte-Altrad case from September 7 to 22

After two months of turmoil following these revelations, Claude Atcher will also appear before Chamber 32 of the Paris Criminal Court alongside Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Federation, Serge Simon, Vice President of the FFR, Mohed Altrad, President of Montpellier. Hérault Rugby and Benoît Rover, an associate of Atcher’s for twenty years. A trial that will take place from September 7 to 22.

An Aveyronnais went to play at the Gard

Long before becoming a seasoned entrepreneur, the native of Sauclières (Aveyron), forty kilometers from Mont-Aigoual, became known for his rugby career. However, he discovered the oval ball late, at age 21, when he was at the University of Toulouse when he was validating a master’s degree in psychology. “Rugby was a revelation. Three years later, I was on the France team,” he recalled in free lunch Claude Atcher after the appointment of France as the organizer of the World Cup.

Before discovering the Blues (6 teams), the third line joined the Rugby Club Nîmes training center in the late 1970s. They also had a house near Nîmes. After a few years, he left the Gard to join the capital at Racing Club de France (ex-Racing 92).

entrepreneur in sports

At 32, Claude Atcher hangs up his crampons. One last bet is launched on the field at 40 years old, still in Racing, but the post-race is already underway. This son of a peasant becomes a businessman. He creates companies (Promosport Conseil, Score XV), he joins various organizing committees of national and international sporting events.

Summoned by Bernard Lapasset, former president of the FFR, in 2003 he led the candidacy for the 2007 World Cup obtained by France. It is then on behalf of Japan that he will obtain the 2019 title before the 2023 event, along with Bernard Laporte or the 2021 Women’s World Cup played in New Zealand.

In all these feats of arms, man is divisive. His detractors blame him for some cases, particularly around his marketing company Score XV.

The Marseille-Vitrolles fiasco

In 2007 Aveyronnais launched a challenge. He founded Marseille Vitrolles rugby, a merger of Marseille Provence XV and RC Vitrolles. From a federal club, he wants to turn it into a Pro D2 club, the second French division after the Top 14. In his quest, he brings in New Zealand star Jonah Lomu, a former All Black terror. Finally, the project is a fiasco and Claude Atcher leaves the presidency in 2010. “Marseille, it is a terrible experience. I lost a lot of money and a project that, in the end, could not be carried out, ”he explained at the time. .

In September 2020, Claude Atcher was taken into police custody along with Bernard Laporte, Mohed Altrad, Serge Simon and Nicolas Hourquet for influence peddling. He will be released after 48 hours in the Brigade for the Repression of Economic Crimes.

Almost two years later, an investigation into the management of the GIP France 2023 reveals the management methods of the 66-year-old man, as well as possible acts of favoritism and abuse of social good.

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