Coronavirus XV of France: Maracineanu puts pressure on the Federation

The Minister Delegate for Sports Roxana Maracineanu calls for clear explanations from the French Rugby Federation, after the cascade of positive tests for the coronavirus within the XV of France. Otherwise, it could withdraw the Blues’ authorization to compete in the VI Nations Tournament.

This is a warning. Minister Delegate for Sports Roxana Maracineanu put pressure on the French Rugby Federation (FFR) on Friday, urged to explain the cascade of coronavirus contaminations within the XV of France, which resulted in the postponement of the VI Nations match against Scotland, initially scheduled for Sunday.

Maracineanu is ironic about Italian “waffles”

“If nothing ever happens, if we don’t look for this chain of contamination and explain to us how it could have happened, then the authorization that was given (to compete in the VI Nations) can be withdrawn. We asked for this investigation (Thursday) to the FFR and to Bernard Laporte (president of the FFR), who himself came to see us before the Tournament to present us the protocol and tell us that everything was going to be fine. we see that this is not the case, I am waiting for him to come and explain to us what happened, “warned the minister on the channel L’Equipe.

Asked about possible negligence of the Blues, especially during the trip of the XV from France to Italy in early February, the minister explained: “I do not think it was marked in the protocol that the players could go out to eat waffles. Or so, if they go out to eat waffles, they had to be retested when they re-entered the bubble in contact with others. We want to know if that was done because these are the conditions for entering and leaving the area. bubble which causes there to be a bubble. “

“We can also withdraw this authorization”

“Patient zero, he has changed three times! I would prefer that it be the person who came to present the protocol to us who attests to me, that is to say the president of the FFR and not Serge Simon. Serge Simon has us aware since we asked to have the collection of contact cases and the results of the tests live. I am awaiting a return from the FFR. Sanctions? I will ask the president of the FFR, it is he who is responsible. (…) At the Ministry of Sports, we have authorized players to travel and train under certain conditions. We have given this authorization. We can also withdraw this authorization “, she insisted at the microphone of The Indian Paper.

This Friday, in the Super Moscato Show on RMC, Laporte supported the coach Fabien Galthié, suspected of having broken the health safety rules, just before the trip to Ireland, indicating: “Fabien told me that he had respected protocol. I believe it. Everyone tells me what they want. The final report will tell me who has failed or not. I am a pragmatic person. If there are faults, we will assume. Is Galthié threatened as it is? Of course not. ” After sixteen positive coronavirus cases, staff and players included in the French ranks, the match against Scotland, scheduled for Sunday, has therefore been postponed to a later date.

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