Due to a player who tested positive for coronavirus, who did not make the trip to Ireland, Toulon saw its Champions Cup match against Leinster be canceled at the last moment on Friday. Except surprise, the Var club should lose on the green carpet. A scandal for its president Bernard Lemaitre.
Bernard Lemaitre is angry. And for good reason: while the RCT had to face this Friday evening (6.30 p.m.) Leinster in the round of 16 of the Champions Cup, the Toulon president learned during the day, like his troops, that the match was finally canceled due to a positive case for the coronavirus in the ranks of the Var, detected on Wednesday.
The player concerned did not even make the trip to Ireland, but the EPCR ruled that several of his teammates should be considered as a contact case. Consequence: match canceled, and especially match probably lost on the green carpet by Toulon. A scandal for its president.
“We are treated like kleenex”
“My feeling? Anger, disgust, he said during a press conference call. We are a little sickened. We put so much of ourselves in the management of a club. treating like that especially for the second time in a row, that’s a lot. (…) We received extremely drastic recommendations two days ago. We observed them to the letter. Strictly speaking, we could have admitted after the positive case of Wednesday that we are told ‘there is a potential risk too high, the game is canceled, do not move’. ” But it was not.
Also, Bernard Lemaitre brandishes the threat of a boycott in the future. “I am not sure that the RCT will re-engage in the European Cup, he indicates. I will see with the League how things are shaping up. It is no longer a competition that motivates us. For this kind of competition. , especially with an organization applying for the management of a Club World Cup, we need a very professional organization. We need a dialogue with the League and the French clubs, commensurate with the weight that these clubs represent. is not the case today, or not enough. “
And Lemaitre to recall the episode of the Scarlets, when in December, Toulon had refused to face the Welsh team – which had recorded a positive case – and had already had a lost match. For a case of Covid in the camp opposite, this time. “It’s been twice that it falls on the same club and not on just anyone: Toulon, plague the leader. A club which has a certain fame. There is an unpleasant background. We are treated like Kleenex. I know there is a past. There has been quite a bit of controversy between the EPCR and the RCT with President Boudjellal. Both are still on trial. The EPCR has lost twice, once against Mr. Boudjellal and once against the RCT. The backdrop of the climate is not very healthy … “