March 26, 2023

The new president of the French Rugby Federation, who will succeed Bernard Laporte and Alexandre Martinez, will be known on June 14, the FFR announced on Friday.

A first ballot will be held in May to “replace vacant positions on the steering committee” before the election of the president of the FFR in mid-June.

The deadline for submitting applications to replace Alexandre Martinez, appointed interim president in February to replace resigning Laporte, is set for May 31 for the opening of votes on June 12.

Bernard Laporte had resigned after appealing his two-year suspended prison sentence for having entered into a “corruption pact” with the businessman and president of the Montpellier club Mohed Altrad.

He had been replaced by the general treasurer Alexandre Martinez.

President of the FFR since December 2016, Bernard Laporte was sentenced on December 13 to a two-year suspended prison sentence for corruption, influence peddling, illegal taking of interests, abuse of corporate assets and concealment of abuse of corporate assets.

Having appealed the decision, his sentence, accompanied by a ban on exercising his activity as president of the FFR, is not immediately enforceable.

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