Grill puts heat on La­porte

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Flo­rian Grill re­cently took his elec­toral chal­lenge to the in­cum­bent FFR pres­i­dent Bernard La­porte (inset) up a notch ver­bally by sug­gest­ing that his ri­val’s role as vice Chair­man of World Rugby had su­per­seded a pri­macy of in­ter­est for the French club game. Grill, who ac­cord­ing to re­ports is sup­ported by Serge Blanco, Fa­bien Pelous and Jean-Claude Skrela, said: “I con­sider La­porte’s project as out of touch, which sees rugby as a spec­ta­cle, and glob­alised, with an an­nual club World Cup.

“Every­thing re­volves around money which is meant to drip down to the clubs. In our project, we want to give it some sense. We’ll start from the base. They are com­pletely out of touch and dis­con­nected but also, for me, de­hu­man­ised be­cause every­thing turns around money. Bernard La­porte is on an­other planet. His planet now is World Rugby; it’s no longer the FFR. ”

Grill sug­gested that he and La­porte should pub­licly de­bate the is­sues but the lat­ter de­clined. The man who en­gi­neered France’s suc­cess­ful bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup said: “Me, my de­bate is on Oc­to­ber 3rd in the polls. What we have done for this Fed­er­a­tion is that we have given the floor back to the clubs. I lim­ited the num­ber of terms to two. So in terms of democ­racy, if there is one who has done some­thing in the world of rugby, it is me.”

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