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Toulon Could Be Relegated To The French Second Tier Over Kit Manufacturer Disagreement

Toulon have had a disappointing season by all accounts. Such are the high standards at the club in addition to their pedigree over the last couple of seasons, that if they don’t secure silverware, supporters are left disappointed. 

Now it seems like things could get much worse for the Southern French club as regional publication, Var Matin, are reporting that Toulon could be relegated from the Top14 to the D2 if they do not pay a fine of €1.7 million which is owed to their kit manufacturer, Puma.

The local paper claims that there is a €2 million “hole” in the club’s finances which will need to be accounted for. According to reports, the majority of this payment is owed to Puma, who Toulon allegedly breached a contract with, in 2011 when they switched to Burrda.

The National Directorate of Control and Assistance (DNACG) are investigating the matter and want the situation to be resolved before June 30. It’s reported that if Toulon president, Mourad Boudjellal, pays the fine, then the matter will be resolved.

However, if a resolution is not forthcoming, then potential sanctions could include relegation to the D2, a points deduction or a limitation on payroll being implemented.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter