FACING THE AUDITORS
Serge Blanco, long-time opponent of Bernard Laporte, took advantage of his stint on the show "Face aux auditeurs", broadcast Saturday, November 16 at 20h on Europe 1 to slip some buffers to the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and explain why he was supporting Florian Grill, the president of the Ile-de-France League, who will face Bernard Laporte in the upcoming FFR elections in 2020.
"We have a vision to regain and bring back people to play rugby"
"I pledge to push behind Florian Grill because we have differences (with Bernard Laporte), I will quote you two.First, we have today 24% less licensees in rugby schools. Our immediate future is endangered, and then there is another point: the payroll (of the FFR) has increased by 65%, "Serge Blanco said.
"Through these two very important symbols, we have a vision to regain and bring back people to play rugby, we have to get all those people back into our world, it's not an act against Laporte or against Serge Simon, we are for a number of things that we think they do not do, or they do not do well ", justified the former vice president of the FFR (2012-2016) .
"It's not an act against Laporte or against Serge Simon"
Serge Blanco also spoke at length about the case of Serge Simon, the current vice-president of the FFR, who is increasingly criticized in the world of rugby for his interventionism. "Serge Simon is a certain weight at the level of the Federation Bernard Laporte without Serge Simon would not be Bernard Laporte It is he who has done everything, it is he who set everything up for the election campaign, it is he who allowed to have a certain strategy and who holds some wheels of the Federation, "tempered the former president of Biarritz Olympique.
"After no one is perfect, Serge Simon is the one who is the most targeted at the moment." But it's true that he had certain attitudes, as during the dismissal of Guy Novès, relying on a ghost study , which we have never seen, "criticized Serge Blanco. The role of Serge Simon in the ousting of Guy Novès, the former coach of the XV of France, had made a lot of talk. The vice-president of the FFR had justified the dismissal of Novès based on an audit, whose conclusions were never published. The labor courts had finally condemned the FFR to pay a million euros in compensation to the former coach, judging his dismissal unfounded.