On Tuesday 26 December 2023, StadeToulousain was handed a suspended fine of €50,000 by the National Rugby League disciplinary committee in connection with the transfer of Cheslin Kolbe to Toulon in 2021. Var club was also penalized.
The story is more than two years old! Stade Toulousain and Rugby club Toulonnais, who faced each other last Saturday, were summoned to appear before the National Rugby League (LNR) disciplinary committee on October 9, 2023, after the South African dynamic winger Cheslin Kolbe was transferred on the grounds that he did not comply with the rules. “Salary Cap”. Then the sanction is on Tuesday, December 26th.
The rugby world was surprised in 2021. The South African world champion, who was one of the best players in the Toulouse squad at the time, would join the squad, as would Melvyn Jaminet a few months earlier. However, the background of this transfer was thoroughly investigated by the French authorities. In 2023, during the World Cup, the presidents of the two “red and black” clubs, RC Toulon’s Bernard Lemaître and Stade Toulousain’s Didier Lacroix, were summoned by the National Rugby League (LNR) over a financial arrangement. An agreement was reached between the clubs on the transfer of the Springboks winger.
The two leaders were accused of lacking transparency during this operation. Details of the transfer were leaked as early as 2021, with Toulouse selling a sort of “Salary Cap” loan to the Var club. Two years later, the department specializing in salary caps announced its sanction in the disciplinary board. The Haut-Garonne club was fined 50 thousand euros for “failure to fulfill the general obligation of transparency and cooperation”. For the same reason, Toulon was sentenced to a heavier penalty of 70,000 euros without suspension. Both clubs have one week to appeal.