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UPDATE 1-Rugby-French federation to pay Noves 1 million euros for wrongful dismissal

Updated: 08-04-2019 18:55 IST
UPDATE 1-Rugby-French federation to pay Noves 1 million euros for wrongful dismissal

Former France coach Guy Noves is entitled to 1 million euros ($1.12 million) in compensation for wrongful dismissal by the national rugby federation, a French court said on Monday.

The FFR alleged Noves was guilty of serious misconduct, but a Toulouse labour tribunal decided otherwise. Noves was asking for 2.88 million euros. Both parties have the right to appeal, although initial reactions suggested that they were happy with the outcome.

"I am satisfied with this decision. The FFR said there was serious misconduct and the tribunal said there was none," Noves, the first ever France coach to be sacked, told reporters. "I don't know if we are going to appeal, we have a month to do so. The demands (from Noves) were excessive and the decision is reasonable," FFR's lawyer Joseph Aguera told French sports newspaper L'Equipe.

Noves was sacked by the FFR in December 2017 after winning only seven of his 21 matches in charge, while his contract was due to run until the end of this year's World Cup in Japan. Media reports in France had said allegations of misconduct against Noves centred around his poor communication skills with the players and Top 14 clubs in his two-year spell in charge.

Noves, 65, was replaced by Jacques Brunel, who has been failing to turn the situation around. France beat Scotland and Italy in this year's Six Nations but were defeated by England, Ireland and Wales to finish fourth.

($1 = 0.8895 euros) (Reporting by Julie Rimbert, writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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