two former rugby players, including Sébastien Chabal, suspected of ticket smuggling

According to information from the Parisian, hundreds of tickets for the next Rugby World Cup, organized in France, have been sold despite the rules. Among the suspects is former legend Sébastien Chabal.

Sébastien Chabal in the viewfinder. The Parisian reveals this Friday that the former France international (55 caps) would be involved in a major traffic of tickets for the Rugby World Cup, organized in France in the autumn of 2023. A few hundred tickets, which were snapped up in minutes, would have been discreetly diverted from the traditional sales system to be sold irregularly in favor of relatives of Claude Atcher, the former director-general of the organizing committee, dismissed last October for “alarming management practices”.

One hundred seats for Chabal

Also according to the daily, the searches in the headquarters of the organizing committee revealed that two former rugby players had acquired around a hundred tickets. Among them Sébastien Chabal. Ambassador of France 2023 and former legend of the tricolor oval, he would have acquired a hundred or so tickets.

But the main beneficiary would be a former player close to Claude Atcher: Henri Mioch. Four-time champion in France with Béziers in the late 1970s-early 1980s, he would have bought no less than 600 tickets for an amount of over 100,000 euros with several credit cards.

Resale at exorbitant prices

“For us, given the amount, there is no doubt that this is ticket smuggling, assures a source with knowledge of the case at Parisian. The scheme is to buy nice seats for the best matches for individuals, to add a meal or cocktail somewhere near the stadium, some goodies, and to make an all-inclusive package that we then resell to a company. From a banknote with a face value of 300 euros, you can easily get a nice product worth 1,500.’

An investigation by the Research Section is still ongoing, while the Public Interest Group (GIP) was “recently informed of these ticket sales” and considers itself a “victim” in this story.

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