Mohed Altrad, MHR boss - Alain ROBERT / SIPA

Montpellier will pay 3 million euros to the National Rugby League (LNR) to settle their disputes of recent seasons on the club's payroll ceiling. "Under the terms of the mediation between the Salary Cap Manager of the LNR and Montpellier Héraut Rugby under the Rules relating to ethics and sports fairness - Salary Cap, all disputes between the Salary Cap Manager to the MHR by the payment by the latter to the LNR of an exceptional contribution in the amount of 3 million euros ”, declared the LNR.

This agreement around a significant amount puts an end to a recurring soap opera in recent seasons, which saw the NRL pin the club of President Mohed Altrad for exceeding this ceiling, set at 11.3 million euros, and the MHR fully obtain or partially successful in appeal to other bodies. In 2019, the League had imposed on the Hérault club a fine of 470,000 euros for having exceeded the ceiling of the payroll during the 2017-2018 season (400,000 for the overrun and 70,000 for the failure to communicate certain elements) . In vain then.

An amicable solution was found between the Salary Cap Manager of the LNR and Montpellier Hérault Rugby putting an end to all the disputes by paying the LNR an exceptional contribution of 3 million euros📄➡️ https : //

- National Rugby League (@LNRofficiel) August 6, 2020

End of controversy? 

The LNR, which made this ceiling, set at 11.3 million euros per season, its hobbyhorse, had reacted by deploring "the questioning of this decision of first instance". In September 2018, already in the sights of the LNR for exceeding the ceiling estimated between 350,000 and 400,000 euros during the 2016 - 2017 season, the MHR had finally been cleared by the DNACG (National Directorate of Assistance and Management Control ), then by the FFR appeal commission, already.

These decisions favorable to the MHR had raised the question of the link between its owner, businessman Mohed Altrad, and the FFR, of which he became an official partner.


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