Rugby World Cup 2023 chief executive Claude Atcher has been sacked “as a precaution” and “with immediate effect, for the time needed to close the investigation currently being carried out by the labor inspectorate”, announced Monday, August 29, the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. Mr. Atcher was temporarily replaced as general manager of the public interest group (GIP) France 2023 – the institution responsible for organizing the World Cup – by Julien Collette, currently deputy general manager.
At the end of June, a labor inspection investigation was launched after an article in the sports daily The group detailing a “deep social weakness” within the GIP.
This decision was taken in consultation with the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF). This comes after a report from the ethics committee that mentions the part of Claude Atcher “alarming management practices that change the structure and suffering conditions of a certain number of collaborators”.
The FFR “To be fully associated with the action plan decided today in consultation with the Ministry of Sports and the President of the GIP France 2023, Jacques Rivoal”. “The deep values of rugby call for full vigilance to respect them. The FFR bases its action on the protection of all its population, employees are clearly part of its priorities.he explained, adding that he “will call an extraordinary board of directors of the GIP to approve this decision during the week”continued the event.
For its part, World Rugby, the governing body of world rugby, announced that it “fully approved the conclusions and the action plan announced by the French Ministry of Sports today on the subject of the social climate within the France 2023 organizing committee”. “World Rugby is deeply concerned by the allegations presented by the French media. The well-being of the rugby family is paramount and central to the values of unity, inclusion and partnership embodied in the World Cup.he added.
“Analyze the existence of any deficiencies”
“Claude Atcher is no longer active, directly or indirectly, within, on behalf of and for GIP at the time of removal”, the ministry said in a statement. An extraordinary Board of Directors will meet on Friday at “validate that the missions of the general manager will be carried out by Julien Collette, deputy general manager of GIP”.
In an article by The groupmany employees of the organizing committee, past and present, criticized on condition of anonymity “rule by terror” established by Claude Atcher and his chief of staff within the GIP. The press release continues:
“A joint mission of the General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research was mobilized by the State to, on the one hand, analyze the existence of possible violations of economic and financial probity or conflicts in interest and, on the other hand, support the GIP in organizing some of its strategic programs. »
The 2023 World Cup is scheduled in France from September 8 to October 28.
Claude Atcher, a former third line, will also be tried, from September 7, together with the president of the FFR, Bernard Laporte, and the boss of the Montpellier club, Mohed Altrad, within the framework of suspicions of favoritism around the sponsorship in the XV of France.
He will appear for “concealing breach of trust”, “misappropriation of corporate assets” and on “undercover work by concealing activity”. More than a year from the start, the 2023 World Cup is languishing.