Cheslin Kolbe transfer sparks sanctions for Top 14 heavyweights
As per reports from various French media outlets, both Toulouse and Toulon face financial penalties subsequent to a October 9 hearing, which specifically delved into the intricacies of Kolbe’s transfer between the two clubs.
The double world cup winner penned a lucrative deal with Toulon in August 2021, marking a significant move from five-time European champions Toulouse.
At the time of the transfer, he still had two years remaining on his contract. The reported contract buyout fee amounted to €1.8 million (ZAR 36.9 million).
In-depth investigations by the disciplinary committee, specialising in salary cap matters within French rugby, revealed breaches in the transfer dealings of both clubs.
Consequently, both Toulouse and Toulon were deemed guilty of violating the regulations.
Toulouse now faces a financial penalty of €50,000 (ZAR 1 million) for “failure to comply with the general obligation of transparency and cooperation“, while Toulon has been slapped with a €70,000 (ZAR 1.4 million) fine.
Both clubs are afforded a seven-day window to exercise their right to appeal the sanctions.
The penalties underscore the league’s commitment to upholding transparency and fairness in player transfers, setting a precedent for other clubs within the Top 14.
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