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The closed door or the introduced loss of life of French rugby
Stade Mayol in Toulon, April 18. Frédéric Porcu / SPORTS PRESS

In rugby, eardrums are usually not used to silence. A minimum of not but. Scheduled for September 5, the beginning of the 2020-2021 High 14 season might happen in empty stadiums or with a lowered gauge to a most of 5,000 individuals because of the sanitary state of affairs. "Irrespective of how exhausting I look, I can't keep in mind a personal sport in digicam", admits Bernard Pontneau, president of the Paloise part (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). For the 63-year-old chief, a match with out viewers "Doesn’t match into the genetic system of rugby".

Not in DNA or in follow, not like soccer. The cousin "penguin" has a behavior of punishing golf equipment for a closed match (complete or partial) within the occasion of their supporters overflowing. He additionally agreed that this measure would turn out to be actuality within the coming months, just like the Bundesliga since Could 16.

"We play for this look, these applause, for good protection, good thrust in melee", Robins Tchale-Watchou, president of the Provale union

However this German mannequin hardly attracts Franck Azéma. " If we’ve to, we might must adapt to that "sighs Clermont coach and sporting director, who is aware of what he's speaking about. In 2017, the English of the Saracens welcomed the Auvergne on the sly for a European Cup match in the course of winter. " That they had averted bringing their supporters due to the ice, for security causes, remembers the Clermont technician. We might hear one another giving directions, it lacked taste. Sharing with the general public is one thing properly entrenched in rugby. "

“We play for this look, these applause, for good protection, good thrust in melee. I simply can't think about this, even when this disaster has proven us that the whole lot is feasible ", continues Robins Tchale-Watchou, former second line who grew to become president of the nationwide rugby gamers union, Provale.

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Moreover, the thought of ​​organizing closing phases with out an viewers within the spring was rapidly rejected. Even the presidents concerned within the combat for the Brennus Protect most well-liked to retailer the 2019-2020 season in a field, somewhat than spoiling the showcase of their sport. "It might have been counterproductive by way of sport and picture, acknowledges Bernard Pontneau. Rugby is the conviviality market, particularly throughout the closing phases; there, with the digicam, we weren't there in any respect. "

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