Montpellier, bottom of the Top 14, are sinking a little deeper into crisis after conceding their eighth consecutive defeat to Bayonne (34-19), the second since the arrival of Bernard Laporte at the helm, booed by the Jean-Dauger crowd. Interviewed by our colleagues from L'Equipe, the Hérault president Mohed Altrad explained why he called on the former coach of the XV of France and ex-president of the FFR to come to the bedside of the MHR.
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He was the only one who was available and he wanted to do something at this club," explains the businessman. He, in turn, went to find people who were available. I called Bernard Laporte on a Saturday (November 18th) and a few hours later his team was made up of Patrice Collazo, Vincent Etcheto and Christian Labit. The next day, they (the coaches) were at the club. All these changes lead to a form of instability. We're fighting today.»
Montpellier is owned by businessman Mohed Altrad, who has murky ties to the former FFR president. On December 13, 2022, both had indeed been found guilty, in first instance, of having entered into a "corruption pact" (active corruption, influence peddling and abuse of company assets), in particular about the conditions of attribution of the sponsorship of the XV de France jersey by the company Altrad (still in place).