Toulon Boss accuses ERC of match fixing

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has accused Heineken Cup organisers of fixing sunday’s semi-finals draw in order to benefit Pool 2 winners Leinster.

The often controversial Toulon owner said in La Provence that he had sent a letter to Heineken Cup organisers, European Rugby Cup (ERC) asking for an explanation and proof of the draw, which he claimed had not been shown on French television.

The draw was shown on Sky Sports in the UK but the lack of TV coverage in France has led to rumours that it was done behind closed doors, although it is believed neither Boudjellal nor any of the other French team bosses were aware of the footage on Sky.

“By chance, the province of Leinster will not only be home for their quarter final, which they won sportively, but for the semi-final too,” said the outspoken Toulon boss.

“Is it a coincidence ERC headquarters are to be found in Dublin?” he is quoted in the Irish Independent.

“On behalf of Toulon and all the other French clubs we are prepared to shine a light as to why the draw was conducted in secret.

“That’s why we did what we did (in sending the letter). We’re ready to do everything necessary.”

An ERC spokesperson has pointed out that the clubs concerned were informed that the the draw would be broadcasted live on Sky and on the ERC website.

“(France 2 show) Stade 2 was then to transmit a delayed broadcast of the draw as was the case.”

“Last year the draw of the semi-finals appeared on Stade 2 as the final was in Paris.”

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