The president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, was placed under arrest this Monday while he was interrogated for allegedly favoring Montpellier in 2017, whose owner paid him and had signed a sponsorship contract with the national team.

The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office He told Efe that the owner of Montpellier, the businessman, were also under arrest while giving a statement. Mohed Altrad, and three other senior officials of the FFR.

It is the vice-president, Serge Simon, the person in charge of international relations, Nicolas hourquet, and of Claude Atcher, general director of the organization of the Rugby World Cup to be held in France in 2023.

In December 2017, the justice opened an investigation into suspicions that Laporte lobbied the appeals commission of the federation in June of that year to reduce or eliminate a sanction against Montpellier.

The appeals commission reduced the penalty from 70,000 to 20,000 euros of fine and the equipment was not deprived finally to play in its stadium.

Its three members testified in February 2019 before the police of the Brigade for the Suppression of Economic Crime (BRDE), which have also carried out several searches, the first in January 2018 at the headquarters of the FFR, at Laporte’s home, at the group’s headquarters Altrad and at the employer’s domicile.

Laporte’s court appearance (56 years old) comes at a bad time for him, since is a candidate in the election on October 3 to a second term at the head of the FFR.