Laporte suspected of corrupt financial dealings

19th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - French rugby coach Bernard Laporte could soon be prosecuted for financial corruption, weekly sports magazine L'Equipe said in its edition to be published on Saturday.

19 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - French rugby coach Bernard Laporte could soon be prosecuted for financial corruption, weekly sports magazine L'Equipe said in its edition to be published on Saturday.

Laporte, who becomes a junior sports minister in the French government following France's World Cup third-place play-off against Argentina on Friday night, has, according to L'Equipe, been under investigation for a year by the national fraud squad (DNEF).

The paper claimed the DNEF might hand over evidence to the justice system after they found evidence of financial corruption on many fronts.

However Laporte, interviewed by the newspaper which claimed to know detailed information on his numerous financial affairs, denied the accusations against him.

French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot, who will be working with Laporte from Monday, did not comment on Friday's revelations while travelling to southern French town Nimes.

Laporte came in for criticism at the start of the World Cup early last month when press reports claimed one of his companies was selling French shirts signed by him in violation of agreements with the French rugby federation.

One of Laporte's associates took complete responsibility for the error however.

AFP

Subject: French news

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