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

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PARIS – Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu threatened to withdraw the French staff’s authorisation to play in 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 optimistic for Covid-19 in the final week, prompting Maracineanu to ask for an investigation.

FFR president Bernard Laporte mentioned that “to my knowledge, nobody’s at fault”, however Maracineanu appeared to disagree.

“We asked an investigation from the FFR and from (president) Bernard Laporte, who himself came to see us before the tournament to present us the protocole and tell us that everything was going to go well, that the bubble was going to be strictly respected with controlled entries and exits,” Maracineanu instructed L’Equipe TV.

“Now that we can see that this is not the case, I am waiting for him to come and explain to us what has happened.

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clarify to us the way it might occur, then the authorisation that has been given (to play in the Six Nations) might be withdrawn.”

France were scheduled to play against Scotland at the Stade de France on Sunday but the Six Nations announced on Thursday the match was postponed as it looks for another date.

Last month, France banned travel from and to non European Union countries, but the sports ministry gave the rugby team a special authorization to take part in the Six Nations.

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France, who won their first two games, are set to travel to England on March 10.

“I do not assume it was written in the protocole that the gamers might exit to eat waffles,” added Maracineanu, following reports that French players went out in Rome when they played Italy three weeks ago.

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

Reuters


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