Rugby: former RC Nîmes, at the center of the trial of Altrad-Laporte … who is Claude Atcher, removed from France 2023

Claude Atcher was fired as a precaution to manage the 2023 Rugby World Cup disputed in France, on Monday, August 29. He is also at the heart of the Altrad-Laporte trial, which opens on September 7. Picture of 66- year old male, born at Sauclières in Aveyron.

After a survey published on June 22 by The group, Claude Atcher removed as a precautionary measure for the management of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. A decision revealed by the Ministry of Sports in sports every day. The reasons? The 66-year-old businessman is said to be behind the damaging climate and “management by terror” in the offices of the Public Interest Group (GIP) France 2023.

Alerted to this situation, the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castera seized the labor inspectorate and ethics committee of the GIP. After the first report, the first penalty fell on Monday, August 29.

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

In the chaos for two months after these revelations, Claude Atcher will also appear in the 32nd Chamber of the Paris Criminal Court together with 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, partner for twenty years of Atcher. A test that will take place from September 7 to 22.

An Aveyronnais left to play in the Gard

Before becoming a successful businessman, the native of Sauclières (Aveyron), forty kilometers from Mont-Aigoual, was known for his rugby career. However, he discovered the oval ball later, at 21, when he was at the University of Toulouse when he validated his master’s degree in psychology. “Rugby was a revelation. Three years ago, I was in the French team”, recalls the Free lunch Claude Atcher after appointing France as organizer of the World Cup.

Before discovering the Blues (6 selections), the third line joined the Rugby Club Nîmes training center at the end of 1970. He also kept a house near Nîmes. After a few years, he left Gard to join the capital, Racing Club de France (ex-Racing 92).

Sports businessman

At the age of 32, Claude Atcher hung up his crampons. The last bet on land was launched at 40 years old, still in the Career, but the post-career has begun. This son of a farmer grew into a businessman. He created companies (Promosport Conseil, Score XV), participated in many organizing committees for national and international sports events.

Called by Bernard Lapasset, former president of the FFR, he led in 2003 the candidacy for the 2007 World Cup that France won. In the name of Japan he will get 2019 before the appointment of 2023, with Bernard Laporte or the 2021 Women’s World Cup disputed by New Zealand.

In all these works of arms, man is divided. His detractors have blamed him in some cases, especially around his marketing company Score XV.

The Marseille-Vitrolles defeat

In 2007, the Aveyronnais launched a challenge. He founded Marseille Vitrolles rugby, a merger of Marseille Provence XV and RC Vitrolles. From a Federal club, he wanted to turn it into a Pro D2 club, the second division in France after the Top 14. In his quest, he brought in New Zealand star Jonah Lomu, a former All Black terror . In the end, the project was a failure and Claude Atcher left the presidency in 2010. “Marseille, it was a terrible experience. I lost a lot of money and a project that, in the end, could not be realized” , he explained at that time .

In September 2020, Claude Atcher was placed in police custody along with Bernard Laporte, Mohed Altrad, Serge Simon and Nicolas Hourquet for influence peddling. He will go free after 48 hours in the Economic Crime Repression Brigade.

Almost two years ago, an investigation into the management of GIP France 2023 revealed the management practices of the 66-year-old man, as well as possible acts of favoritism and abuse of social welfare.

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