Organizers of this year's Rugby World Cup in France said on Thursday they wanted to put the tournament back on an even keel after it was rocked again as former general manager Claude Atcher faces fresh accusations. Atcher was removed from his position in October after being suspended by France's sports minister two months earlier due to alarming managerial practices.
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Newspaper L'Equipe claimed on Thursday the 67-year-old was the subject of allegations of psychological harassment in the workplace. Atcher was replaced by his deputy Julien Colette after stepping aside from the role. The priority of the new governance is to secure the organization of the tournament by mobilizing the necessary means for the delivery of an event to the best standards, organizers told AFP on Thursday.
It is the latest in a line of scandals to rock the competition and the sport in the country, which is one of the strongest at international and domestic levels in the world. In December, French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte offered