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Sports activities minister threatens to withdraw France authorisation to play in Six Nations

2021-02-27 19:52:15

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Sports activities minister Roxana Maracineanu threatened to withdraw the French workforce’s authorisation to play within the Six Nations if the rugby federation (FFR) doesn’t correctly examine the origin of a COVID-19 outbreak inside the squad.

France’s recreation in opposition to Scotland was postponed after 11 French gamers, in addition to employees, together with head coach Fabien Galthie, examined constructive for COVID-19 within the final week, prompting Maracineanu to ask for an investigation.

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FFR president Bernard Laporte mentioned that “to my data, no person’s at fault,” however Maracineanu appeared to disagree.

“We requested an investigation from the FFR and from [president] Bernard Laporte, who himself got here to see us earlier than the event to current us the protocol and inform us that all the pieces was going to go nicely, that the bubble was going to be strictly revered with managed entries and exits,” Maracineanu informed L’Equipe TV.

“Now that we will see that this isn’t the case, I’m ready for him to come back and clarify to us what has occurred.

“If nothing occurs, if we do not look into this chain of contaminations and so they do not clarify to us the way it may occur, then the authorisation that has been given [to play in the Six Nations] will be withdrawn.”

France had been scheduled to play in opposition to Scotland on the Stade de France on Sunday however the Six Nations introduced on Thursday the match was postponed because it seems to be for an additional date.

Final month, France banned journey from and to non-European Union international locations, however the sports activities ministry gave the rugby workforce a particular authorization to participate within the Six Nations.

France, who gained their first two video games, are set to journey to England on March 10.

“I do not assume it was written within the protocol that the gamers may exit to eat waffles,” Maracineanu added, following stories that French gamers went out in Rome after they performed Italy three weeks in the past.

“In the event that they went out to eat waffles, they needed to be re-tested after they re-entered the bubble. We need to know if this has been performed as a result of it’s the situations of re-entering and exiting the bubble that make it a bubble, by definition.”

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