For them, this is probably one deal too many. Mohamed Haouas, tried on Tuesday in immediate appearance for domestic violence committed on his wife last weekend in Montpellier, was sentenced to one year but without continued detention.
According to our information, coach Fabien Galthié and his staff, who were closely following the evolution of this file over the last 48 hours, would have taken the decision not to retain the right pillar of the MHR for the preparation for the World Cup in France (September 8-October 28).
Selected 16 times in the jersey of the France team, the Montpellier colossus (1.85 m, 123 kg), find the beginning of Fabien Galthié's mandate who had made him his right pillar holder, will not, unless there is an unlikely turnaround, in the first list of 42 players called by the staff of the Blues on June 21. A press conference of the coach is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 on the occasion of a first gathering of 23 players in Marcoussis.
Excluded against Scotland in February, during the Six Nations Tournament, after a first red card received against the same team in 2020, Mohamed Haouas was already criticized even if, publicly, the coach had always defended his player. "I have only one desire, it is to encourage him, to protect him," he said during the last Tournament.
And now Clermont?
"If he is kept in prison, it will be difficult. The stakes of this trial are enormous, it is his professional future. Before the start of the hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Marc Gallix, Mohamed Haouas' lawyer, had identified the importance of the hearing for Mohamed Haouas, recalling that the Montpellier player had also signed a three-year contract with AS Clermont. The Auvergne club should renege on its commitment in view of the latest developments.
The MHR player had already been sentenced in February 2022, to 18 months in prison suspended, for burglaries of tobacco shops in Montpellier, in 2014. On 12 May, during a second trial, for his participation in a violent fight on 1 January 2014, the prosecution had requested a two-year suspended sentence. The deliberations in this case are expected on June 30.