The French government has expressed its "misunderstanding" concerning the decision taken by the EPCR to cancel the meeting of Toulouse against Cardiff, which "discredits the health protocol" of French rugby, according to a letter from the Ministry of Sports to the organizer of the European Cups that AFP has procured.
On Friday, the match between Toulouse and Cardiff was canceled due to Covid-19 cases among the French, which caused the defending champion to lose on green carpet, the EPCR being concerned about an uncontrolled epidemic with six positive cases at the start of the week and around twenty two days before the match.
A letter signed by Roxana Maracineanu
"I am awaiting an explanation of the reasons which led you to sanction Stade Toulousain when it had a full team to play the match against Cardiff and scrupulously respected the authentic LNR protocol for participating. at the European Cup, as your regulations indicate, ”wrote the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu in a letter signed by her hand.
In this letter, Maracineanu recalls that France has put in place “a demanding and effective strategy to fight against the epidemic” and that his ministry “has validated the protocol presented by the National Rugby League”, which is intended to be “extremely robust ".
According to her, “Stade Toulouse has made the responsible choice to test very widely within the club, including the administrative and logistical staff who revolve around the professional collective, so as to immediately put anyone infected in isolation, avoid any start of the cluster and always maintain a sufficient workforce to calmly compete in the European Championship and Cup".
An “extremely robust” French protocol
Before raising his voice: “This responsible and transparent approach is today sanctioned by your decision.
It penalizes an exemplary club in its management of the crisis.
Beyond the moral and sporting consequences for the club and its players, your incomprehensible decision discredits the health protocol of our championship and all of French sport.
It's totally incomprehensible.
The Toulouse club, defending champion, finally qualified for the round of 16, thanks to the results of the last day.
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