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World Cup organisers sack CEO Atcher over management climate



Rugby Union – 2023 Rugby World Cup Draw – Palais Brongniart, Paris, France – December 14, 2020 Claude Atcher poses on the red carpet ahead of the draw REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

Claude Atcher, the chief executive officer of the 2023 rugby World Cup in France, has been sacked after a report by the French Labour Inspectorate found that he oversaw an “extremely degraded social environment” at the organising committee.

“Taking note of the report’s conclusions, France 2023’s board has decided to terminate the contract of CEO Claude Atcher,” France 2023 said in a statement on Tuesday.

Atcher was suspended in August after allegations over his management, which according to a report by sports daily L’Equipe left employees suffering panic attacks and burn out.

“The report brought forward by the French Labour Inspectorate corroborates and complements the report produced by the France 2023 Ethics Committee,” France 2023 added.

Julien Collette, Atcher’s former deputy general director, has been appointed as CEO.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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