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Horse racing: fine, suspension ... The sanction against driver Eric Raffin is controversial


After Délia du Pommereux's success in the Paralympiatravet on Saturday, the French driver was sanctioned by the Swedish commissioners

Délia du Pommereux's victory in the Paralympiatravet (Group I), Saturday in Aby, leaves a bitter taste to those around him.

The joy of the victory was somewhat eclipsed by the penalty handed down to Eric Raffin, his driver.

Despite a magnificent course given by the reigning double Sulky d'Or, the Swedish commissioners decided to sanction him for having raised his arm higher than the shoulder while soliciting his partner.

The scale is heavy in Sweden: 1,500 euros fine and three days of suspension.

The day after this success, which automatically qualifies her for the Elitloppet (Gr. I), scheduled for May 30 in Solvalla (Sweden), Noël Lolic, owner of the mare, decided to retaliate on what he considers like an injustice.

Consequence: Délia du Pommereux should not participate in the event of the year in Sweden according to an interview with our colleagues from Equidia.

The organizers will therefore deprive themselves of the best age mare of the moment for the great European meeting of the spring.


Paralympiatravet winner, ⭐️Délia du Pommereuxomm will not participate in the Elitloppet.

🎙️ Noël Lolic: "We will never go back to Sweden. I am very angry at the unfair punishment received by @RaffinEric. My decision is taken."

- Equidia (@equidia) May 9, 2021

Rather rare, the sanction has been decried by several Scandinavian professionals.

“To all my French friends: I apologize on behalf of Sweden for the fine that was imposed on Eric Raffin during the Paralympiatravet in Aby.

Totally unjustified and incomprehensible.

Paperwork in its worst form ”, could one read in a tweet published by the Swedish journalist Tony Ryttar, to which Johan Untersteiner, one of the best European pilots, replied:“ I don't speak French but I agree .


To all my French friends: I apologize on behalf of Sweden for the fine that was imposed today on @RaffinEric during the Paralypiatravet in Åby.

Totally unjustified and incomprehensible.

Paperwork in its worst form.

👎🏻 #freeraffin #trot

- Tony Ryttar (@TonyRyttar) May 8, 2021

Just after his victory in the quinté with

Goût Baroque

, this Sunday at Vincennes, Eric Raffin detailed the facts with which he is accused: “I was sanctioned for having raised my wrist higher than my shoulder on the first stroke of the whip that I put to the mare. It is expensive for so little. Swedish drivers also found it shameful. I appealed against this decision. The verdict will be delivered this Monday. It remains to be seen whether Noël Lolic will reverse his decision in the event of cancellation of the sanction.

Source: leparis

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