Member of the Ovale Ensemble group, Jean-Claude Skrela resigned from the steering committee of the French Rugby Federation, like his colleagues, but he does not understand why.
Six days later, Jean-Claude Skrela still hasn’t understood. Like all the members of Ovale Ensemble (the opposition group to Bernard Laporte), the former international third line then coach and DTN has resigned from the steering committee of the French Rugby Federation. But he let it be known, via a press release issued on Thursday, that he did not necessarily agree with this decision. “I still do not understand why we resigned, writes the 73-year-old leader. My position was that we should stay on the FFR steering committee. Out of respect for the clubs who voted for us, granting us 49 and 51% of the votes (49% during the last presidential election and 51% during the referendum “for or against” Patrick Buisson, editor’s note). Our resignation prevents those who voted for us from being represented on the Steering Committee of the FFR. (…) Why withdraw now? I don’t know the reason. This is not a decision that was taken collectively within the group of elected officials of Ovale Ensemble. Can you imagine a political group in the National Assembly, or in the Senate, resigning in the middle of a session? You have to know how to keep your nerves. »
Grill: “I thought our unanimous decision”
President of Ovale Emsemble, Florian Grill spoke to RMC to “take note” of Jean-Claude Skrela’s questioning. “I have respect for Jean-Claude Skrela, for his career, for what he represents. I thought our unanimous position, if he wants to reconsider his decision, it is his right. The majority of Oval Ensemble decided otherwise. If one or two people don’t agree, don’t. We don’t do politics, we react with our guts, our hearts. (..) You can’t fall into a rugby grub. I’m not interested in being president in cohabitation. We cannot put rugby in this absurd side. In addition, as president of the Ile de France committee, I will be invited to the steering committee. Nothing will prevent me from telling what happens there. I’ll do parallel reports. “Reports that will certainly not fail to read Jean-Claude Skrela.