The collective resignation of the French Handball Federation worries the women’s clubs
Why this collective resignation?
On July 23, Florence Moraglia, the president of the National Management Control Commission (CNCG) of the French Handball Federation, resigned. According to the rules, this applies to the other 14 members of the CNCG. On Wednesday, Francis Serex, a member, former president and co-founder of this commission, who has been active in FFHB for forty years, announced to the public among our colleagues. Western FranceIn his letter addressed to the president of the Federation, Philip Bana, he expresses a “deep despair” and says to himself “I apologize for the lack of respect and trust (his) and responsibilities of all members of the CNCG […] ».
The issue is that the candidacy of Cécile Mantel, a former lawyer of the Federation, as a member of the CNCG was not approved by the executive of the FFHB, following the refusal of the former treasurer of the FFHB, Alain Koubi. (and featured in Jean-Pierre Feuilla’s list during the last elections, at the end of 2020). “I haven’t turned anyone down in thirty years, and we are introducing volunteers we know wellSerex regrets. Cécile Mantel is very competent, she knows the Federation documents very well. » According to Francis Serex and Florence Moraglia, an employee of the Federation would press for the rejection of this nomination.
The second point of contention: Remi Levy, the former president of Montpellier and now the Federation’s vice-president of legal and professional sports, could have intervened to save Bourg-de-Peage, who are ninth in the Butagaz League this season, from financial trouble. . “The political authorities intervened during the investigation of a file”, Serex protests. Lévy denies any involvement with the club’s new shareholder. “At the end of 2021 – the beginning of 2022, the club asked me as the legal manager about the validity of the contract between the association and the professional company. explains. It was poorly written and not sent to the prefecture in time, which prevented local authorities from receiving grants. I just expressed my opinion, I don’t even know the buyer of the club. »
Why are professional women’s clubs concerned?
The CNCG oversees the accounts and administration (payrolls, etc.) of around 30 professional clubs and some National 1 men’s clubs that compete in the Women’s First and Second Division Championships each month, alongside the amateur clubs. (about). 200). Its members had a more informal role of advising and warning clubs and players, particularly on contracts. CNCG also contributed to the creation of a collective agreement for women’s handball (Dihane) by providing statistics.
This is the concern expressed to the Federation president by the three trade unions representing footballers (AJPH), coaches (7 masters) and women’s professional clubs (UCPHF). How to ensure service continuity and fairness without CNCG? Contacted Philippe Bana did not respond to our inquiries.
But Rémy Lévy, who was appointed by the board of directors as the temporary chairman of the commission wants to assure: “All permissions (To participate in the championship)
clubs had been issued, everything was in order and completed under the signature of Mrs. Moralia, including the confirmation of the commitment of the Bourg-de-Piege. We only have to manage the day-to-day business, such as checking the salary cap if a player is being recruited. And most of the work will be returned at the end of the year after the budgets are approved. »
Is it about the creation of an autonomous women’s league? In their letter, the three unions proposed that the women’s professional clubs be governed by the CNACG, the NHL commission, the men’s league, in the absence of the CNCG. “It is not possible, Remy Levy answers. Legally, LFH is an institution of the Federation. CNACG cannot deal with women’s clubs for two or three months, it makes no sense. »