Bernard Laporte confirms that Fabien Galthié violated the health protocol

Fabien Galthié, the coach of the French men's rugby team.

One confirmation and two supports. Coach Fabien Galthié is well out of the health bubble of the French men’s team to attend a match of his son, recognized the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, Sunday February 28 in the evening on France 3. But he reiterated his support.

He did the same for Serge Simon, vice-president of the FFR and “Covid manager” bruises. Bernard Laporte thus assured that the latter was not “Not in check” despite violations of health rules and the explosion in the number of cases of Covid (16) within the XV of France, which resulted in the postponement of the match of the Six Nations Tournament France-Scotland, initially scheduled for this Sunday.

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“I don’t see where there would be a problem”

Fabien Galthié is suspected of having violated the health protocol. The day after the victory in Italy (50-10), he went on February 7 to the Jean-Bouin stadium, in Paris, to attend a hopeful meeting between Colomiers, where his son Mathis, 19, is playing, and the French stadium.

“For me, he has the right from the moment he is masked. He was outside. I was told he watched the game next to Thomas Lombard (General Manager of Stade Français), who himself is tested every three days and who wore the mask ”, explained Bernard Laporte on the stage of Stage 2. “I don’t see where there would be a problem with that. But once again, I am not a doctor ”, he added.

The president of the FFR also reaffirmed his support for the coach. “Why shouldn’t I support him?” I am not a prosecutor. And it’s not because I like Fabien. He knows very well that I would not give a gift to anyone ”, he said.

An investigation report expected Tuesday

The FFR boss insisted that the players who went to eat waffles in Rome before the game against Italy “Were retested on returning”.

Bernard Laporte also considered that Serge Simon “Apply what we are told to do”. ” We live inside this XV of France what many people experience in society. We have a cluster that has returned, that’s obvious ”, he added.

While the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu called for an internal investigation at the FFR to shed light on this cluster, a report carried out in collaboration with the medical commission of the federation must be made ” Tuesday “, Laporte said.

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The World with AFP


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