Rugby: an open investigation into the management of the 2023 World Cup organizing committee

The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) indicated on Wednesday, November 9, that a preliminary investigation had been opened in early October into the management of the public interest group (GIP) France-2023, responsible for organizing the Rugby World Cup. , confirming information from the Team. A search was underway on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of GIP France-2023, the organizing committee also indicated. The PNF confirmed carrying out searches at various locations.

The investigation was opened for favouritism, influence peddling, corruption and any other related offence, following a report from the General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and the research. The investigations were entrusted to the Paris Research Section.


According to the team, “the criminal investigation is interested in these possible personal expenses borne by the GIP 2023, in certain past contracts and also in alleged irregularities linked to the ticketing of the 2023 World Cup”. At the end of June, the sports daily had published a long survey relating the malaise at work due to “management by terror” of the former managing director Claude Atcher.

Immediately afterwards, the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had requested referral to the Labor Inspectorate as well as to the ethics committee of the GIP, in which the French Rugby Federation (FFR) has a majority (more than 60%) and the minority state.

“Alarming managerial practices”

The submission of the report of the ethics committee this summer, mentioned “alarming managerial practices”. This had led the Ministry of Sports in early September, in concert with the FFR and the French Olympic Committee, which also sits on the GIP, to lay off Claude Atcher as a precautionary measure pending the investigation by the Labor Inspectorate. . He was finally removed from his position as general manager of the organizing committee on October 11, less than a year before the start of the competition.

In addition, a joint mission of the General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Higher Education and Research has been working since this summer on ” possible breaches of economic and financial probity or conflicts of interest” within the GIP. According to the Ministry of Sports, “the report was made by the two inspections on the base” of their interim report. Both services continue to work.



Football: Nice – Marseille, a match stopped and an open investigation

► What happened?

The Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille was stopped Sunday August 22 an hour and a half after supporters invaded the pitch. An incident that ignited the meeting, at the 75e minute: yet another plastic bottle launched from a platform on Dimitri Payet, which the player sent back to the supporters.

His teammates Alvaro Gonzalez and Mattéo Guendouzi ran towards the kop to harangue the area where the bottle came from. A security cordon of stewards, dressed in yellow vests, tried to stop the supporters, but blows were exchanged at different places of the pitch in a scrum, between players of the two teams, supporters and stewards. Among the many angry actors, Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli had to be overpowered by members of his staff not to fight.

Nice were leading 1-0, but the game did not end. A week after an interruption in Montpellier – supporters had also thrown bottles on the field, already against OM – French football therefore experienced a new incident, the second of the same order, on the 3rd day of a Ligue 1 which finds its audience after a season behind closed doors.

► Why was the meeting stopped?

After 90 minutes of procrastination, the meeting was definitively stopped when the referee, Benoît Bastien, whistled the end of the match, after noting the absence of the Marseillais who refused to return to the field, against the decision of the League. French football player, who wanted the match to end.

“We decided for the safety of our players – who were attacked during the invasion of the field – not to resume because their safety was not guaranteed”, explained the president of OM, Pablo Longoria, in a video sent to the media.

Photos circulated on social networks, showing marks on Marseille players, including cuts to the neck on Luan Peres and the scratched back of Payet.

“What happened today is completely unacceptable, we must set a precedent for French football”, insisted the Spanish leader, calling for sanctions.

Nice wanted to resume the game. “I know very well that the game could have resumed. I was sure it would go very well. Unfortunately the Marseillais did not wish to resume the match. Of which act “, said the President of Nice, Jean-Pierre Rivère, in a post-match press conference.

► What consequences?

The clubs of Nice and Marseille are summoned on Wednesday 23 August before the Disciplinary Commission of the Professional Football League (LFP). The two clubs, including players and members of the staff took part in scuffles which led to the interruption of the match of the 3e championship day Sunday in Nice, will be exposed to sanctions after this meeting, marked by “Serious incidents”.

An investigation was opened after the incidents that led to the interruption of the match, said the Nice prosecutor’s office. “An investigation is underway, but there is no custody” at this point, said the prosecution.

The mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, reacted on Twitter after the end of the game: “Injured players, failing security: the match should never have resumed. Sad decision. Proud of my team who did not take part in this masquerade ”.

Last week, following the Montpellier-Marseille incidents, the Butte Paillade stand – usually occupied by the ultras – was suspended for Sunday’s match against Lorient.



Roland-Garros: investigation opened after suspicion of a match-fixing

An investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office on 1er last October for “organized gang fraud” and “active and passive sports corruption” because of suspicion of a match-fixing during the Roland-Garros tennis tournament, which is currently taking place at Porte d’Auteuil, in Paris. The investigations were entrusted to the Central Service of Races and Games (SCCJ).

According to the German newspaper Die Welt and daily sports The team, these suspicions relate to a women’s double which pitted Romania’s Andrea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig against Russian players Yana Sizikova and American Madison Brengle on September 30, in the first round.

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“It’s a first round match with players not very well known”, simply confirmed to AFP a source within the National Gaming Authority (ANJ), which regulates games, horse racing and sports betting in France. The four players who took part in this meeting do not occupy the first ranks of the WTA world ranking in singles: Tig is ranked 59 there.e, Mitu 512e, Brengle 78e and Sizikova 652e.

Sums “of several tens of thousands of euros”

The suspicions concern more particularly the fifth game of the second set, a shutout won by the Romanian duo after two double faults in the service of the Russian Sizikova.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the bets made on this meeting represent “Obviously large sums, abnormally high” of the order of “Several tens of thousands of euros”. The ANJ did not detect an anomaly on the bets operated “On the French market”, explains the same source. “They must have been afraid to bet in France. They tried to disseminate the bets on the other markets but the associations of operators know how to make additions ”.

Cases which most often concern tournaments of 2e category

“We received information via several channels. Both private operators, an alert from GLMS (Global Lottery Monitoring System) and also from the Copenhagen group (which brings together 33 platforms to fight against sports manipulation in the world) ”, we continue from the same source.

Tennis is occasionally struck by suspicions of match-fixing, which most often concern second or third category professional tournaments. On September 27, two players of Kyrgyz and Uzbek nationalities were thus indicted and placed under judicial supervision in the Val-d’Oise, as part of an investigation opened by the Pontoise public prosecutor’s office after a tournament in Gonesse in March.