After several weeks of investigation concerning possible anomalies in the budget of the FFR, “no irregularity” would be to report according to the first conclusions.
Finally good news for the French Rugby Federation (FFR). While the latter has been talked about a lot lately, with in particular the cases linked to Bernard Laporte and Claude Atcher, the first conclusions of the general inspections are rather positive, despite real fears on this subject. Indeed, after several weeks of investigation because of possible budgetary anomalies over the period 2016-2023, the FFR can breathe (for the moment).
“On May 5, the Federation benefited from a first synthetic and oral restitution of the report of the general inspections. Their first conclusions on the scope of the mission were clear: no irregularity has been noted over the past seven years of management”, can we read in a press release published on Thursday. This follows on from significant work carried out by the Ministries of Finance and Sports, the latter having seized the Directorate General for Competition and Fraud Control (DGCCRF).
Financial management singled out
“The inspectors carried out a very thorough check lasting almost two months, having access to all the internal documents of the Federation and questioning many staff and elected officials. The fields of control were very broad: accounting, ticketing, invitation policy, salary policies, human resources management, mission expenses for elected officials and employees, operating costs, decision-making circuits, contracts, competitive bidding procedures, project management, also details the press release. The report would also contain recommendations on financial management or on the management of major projects. These recommendations would allow functional improvements, if necessary. »
These last points would have been the subject of strong criticism from the inspectors, according to L’Equipe. From now on, the final conclusions are expected in June, roughly at the time of the election of the new president of the FFR (scheduled for June 12).