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    Boudjellal accuses ERC of fixing draw!

    what an idiot! Hilarious when you consider the pro French draws over the years that were always behind closed doors! ;jp=kfeymhcwojql

    Boudjellal accuses ERC offixing

    COLOURFUL Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has accused European Rugby Cup Ltd (ERC) of fixing Sunday’s Heineken Cup semi-finals for the benefit of Pool 2 winners Leinster. The controversial Toulon owner announced on Tuesday in La Provence that he had sent a letter to ERC asking for an explanation and proof of the draw, which he claimed had not been shown on French television.

    That lack of tv coverage sparked rumours in France the draw was done behind closed doors, although it is believed neither Boudjellal nor any of the other French club bosses were aware the draw was live 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? 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 told La Provence the clubs concerned were informed the draw would be broadcasted live on the British channel ‘Sky Sports’ 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.”

    Meanwhile, Northampton Saints confirmed they will play their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at stadium:mk. The Saints had hoped to keep the fixture at their Franklin’s Gardens home, but the ground’s 13,591 capacity falls below European Rugby Cup’s 15,000 threshold for a last-eight tie.

    The tournament organisers were unwilling to give special dispensation and, as expected, Northampton have now officially confirmed the move. Chief executive Allan Robson revealed the Aviva Premiership club had looked at the feasibility of temporarily increasing the capacity of their regular home, but with such a solution not being enough to bring it up to 15,000 the decision was taken to move to the Milton Keynes ground, which holds 21,500.

    Robson was also critical of the attitude of the local council’s leadership towards the club’s plans to increase the capacity; Saints hoped to use money supermarket retailer ASDA would have paid for a store on an expanded site.

    Seas suas agus troid!

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      I spoke too soon. I thought because there were French teams into the quarters that they would not throw their usual tantrums and threaten the future of the HEC. Ah well, C'est La Vie.[img]smileys/rolleyes.gif[/img]. You need to check your tantrums before you throw them.[img]smileys/biggrin.gif[/img]


        hold on a second lads, it wasnt too long ago that people on here and in the irish media were calling the draws a fix and suggesting that the balls in the pots were heated, lets not get carried away



          Wonder if he will get fined by the ERC for bring the game into disrepute?

          Or are only the players and coaching staff covered by that clause?
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            Somebody needs to show him the draws from other years to give him some perspective.


              Originally posted by sepico
              hold on a second lads, it wasnt too long ago that people on here and in the irish media were calling the draws a fix and suggesting that the balls in the pots were heated, lets not get carried away
              My thinking exactly. The draw needs to be shown live for clarity.
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                It was live on Sky



                  Originally posted by Big-al
                  It was live on Sky
                  Yep. I watched it too. Jean Pierre Lux looked langersed [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
                  Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                  Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!



                    Oh sweet irony! [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

                    It looks as though some of the Munster supporters who visited Toulon recently may have infected a prominentlocal businessman with the incurablechronicERC paranoia virus!

                    New infraction avoidance policy: a post may be described as imbecilic, but its author should never be described as an imbecile.


                      [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img] That's gas! To be fair, he's prone to flying off the handle anyway but, lets be realistic, it's not completely beyond the realms of possibility that these draws may be 'engineered', to a degree. It is big business now, the sport of rugby.[img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]



                        Does he write for L'equipe? [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

                        In fairness to him, the was debate about the openess of the draw on here in the past.
                        Stewie: We\'re playing house...
                        Lois: But that kid is all tied up!
                        Stewie: Roman Polanski\'s house.


                          All he's trying to do is whip up a little underdog mentality;
                          circle the wagons, de bastids is all agin us.

                          It shouldn't sound too unfamiliar to us. Admittedly not
                          emanating from our CEO, but far from unfamiliar.

                          Let's face it, they're going to need every advantage they can
                          claw out of it.


                            Anyone who was watched Biarritz being pulled out in the draw over the past ten years could not possibly come to any other conclusion but that the draw is rigged.

                            I think Boudjellal is not far off the truth, but the draw was rigged probably to ensure</span> a French club in the final - and en passant</span> to ensure maximum revenue to French clubs in the 1/4ers as French supports don't travel abroad in numbers.

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                              Watched the draw live on sky on sunday and short of Keith Barryesque tricks couldnt see how anyone could accuse it of being rigged. They were lucky enough to have clear bowls (something the french couldnt afford last year, in their delayed "livedraw" broadcast watched by 6 french men). In fact Im going away to ring Jim Corr right now the more I think about it [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]