Less than a year before the start of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, one of its figures was fired. Following the vote of an extraordinary board of directors, the organizing committee of the Rugby World Cup announced, on Tuesday 11 October in a press release, that it had dismissed Claude Atcher, general manager of the next World Cup.
Initially laid off as a precaution, due to “alarming management practices”Claude Atcher did not survive the conclusions of the labor inspection mission, requested by the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, after the publication in The teamon June 22, of an investigation denouncing the deleterious social climate within the organizing committee.
Although the conclusions of the labor inspection report have not been made public, they corroborate those of the report of the ethics committee of the Public Interest Group (GIP) France 2023 -of which the French Rugby Federation (FFR), the State, and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF)-, presented at the end of August.
denouncing “alarming management practices by the general manager, altering the functioning of the structure, and the state of suffering of a certain number of collaborators”the Sports Minister had suspended Claude Atcher as a precaution.
A stir less than a year before the World Cup
Former professional player, former “scrub” within the XV of France, the one that had great participation in obtaining the 2007 and 2023 Rugby World Cups by France, and 2019 by Japan, is also being prosecuted for “concealment of breach of trust”, “abuse of corporate assets” and “undercover work by concealment of activity”. “I am one of the people who matter. Few people are able to deliver, from a blank page, this type of event »Claude Atcher had bragged during his trial in mid-September, in which he appeared alongside FFR president Bernard Laporte and several others “barons” tricolor oval.
And if the prosecutor has asked for a year in prison against him, Claude Atcher is probably not done with his legal problems. The General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Higher Education and Research are jointly carrying out a mission aimed at “Analyze the existence of lack of economic and financial integrity or conflicts of interest” within the GIP. In particular, the use made by the old third line of the GIP bank card for personal expenses is studied, as well as the repeated use of a private driver, billed to the GIP, not limited to the strict professional sphere.
Claude Atcher and his ” know to do ” will no longer be in front of what he considered “your world” – according to his words, reported by The team in June. Close to Bernard Laporte, he was expelled from his organization with immediate effect. The organizing committee of the World Cup having little time to lose, with the tournament drawing ever closer, its new organization chart was validated on Monday. The current Interim CEO, Julien Collette, succeeds Atcher, while Martine Nemecek is appointed Deputy CEO. Less than a year from the start of the competition (from September 8 to October 28), and while the XV of France navigates in a positive dynamic after its grand slam in 2022 in the Six Nations Tournament, French rugby would have far outclassed an indistinct scrum, far from the pitch.