The bubble was not a colander, moreover, it has not been pierced at all, “The health protocol was perfectly followed” and coach Fabien Galthié “Is completely exempt from everything”. Professor Roger Salamon, who heads the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation, reacted to the microphone of Infosport + on Wednesday, the day of the submission of the investigation report to the Ministry of Sports, and we have the impression of to have the berlue. Especially since the former president of the High Council of Public Health opens a huge breach: “We can all be very happy [de ces conclusions], because you imagine that a trainer like [Galthié], you can’t easily find one so good. “ Barely veiled implication: if Fabien Galthié had faulted, his dismissal would have been required, which would not have done the business of a XV of France once again a team that counts under his orders.
Seventeen cases of Covid within the team and the management, a postponement – very fortunate given the circumstances – of the match against Scotland on Sunday, for the Six Nations tournament, and therefore this internal investigation required by Minister Roxana Maracineanu. However, if we listen to professors Roger Salamon and Eric Caumes, head of the infectious diseases department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital who also participated in the report, all is for the best for the XV of France. The conclusions certainly come from recognized doctors but the communication, as since the beginning of this affair, calls out strongly. Eric Caumes thus declares on RMC Sport : “We don’t see what could happen [sur les conséquences de cette enquête]. I even wonder why this report was commissioned. There was no investigation to find out how Emmanuel Macron caught the Covid. “
“People don’t quite understand what a bubble is”
On Infosport +, Roger Salamon sends the bubble concept flying, and explains it in a new light: this case results “A communication error, if we can speak of an error, because people have not fully understood what a bubble is. Maybe we should have called it something different. A sanitary bubble is not an enclosed place from which no one enters and no one leaves ”. However, for a year, this is exactly what major sports competitions have been doing, with some success so far …
The day after the victory in Italy (50-10), the coach did not break the bubble by going to Paris, at the Jean-Bouin stadium, to attend a meeting of his son who is playing in the hopeful category with Colomiers . According to the team, this is not Fabien Galthié’s only escapade out of the bubble. The daily affirms that the breeder left the group in the days preceding the birth of the cluster, without however specifying the nature of this exit, of which «[Galthié] opened in front of players ”.
“Fabien Galthié is not patient 0, that is virologically obvious, from the distance at which he went to see his son and from the distance at which there were the first cases, points Roger Salamon. I’m not saying that to defend him, he doesn’t need to be defended, but I’m saying this because it’s the truth. “
“He has the right from the moment he is masked”
According to the conclusions of the investigation, the birth of the Marcoussis cluster would be the fact of a player of the France VII team, training partner of the XV, in the incubation period, at the time of his first test. A version that definitely bury that of Serge Simon, “Covid manager” and right-hand man of the boss of the French Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte, under fire from critics since he targeted a staff member as patient 0.
Sunday, on Stage 2, Bernard Laporte had more or less skillfully supported his coach: “For me, he has the right from the moment he is masked. He was outside. I don’t see where there would be a problem there. But again, I’m not a doctor. ” Roxana Maracineanu, who reminded the FFR of her “Duty of exemplarity”, must now deliver its conclusions.