Bruno Martini, former French handball international, convicted of “corruption of a minor”

Bruno Martini, former French handball international, convicted of "corruption of a minor"

Bruno Martini, former French handball international, convicted of “corruption of a minor”

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The former goalkeeper of the French handball team, twice world champion, resigned as president of the National Handball League (NHL) after his conviction.

Bruno Martini was sentenced to a suspended sentence of twelve months in prison and a fine of 2,500 euros for corruption of minors and recording images of child pornography. This sanction, validated by a Paris court judge during an appearance hearing on prior admission of guilt (CRPC), also includes a five-year ban on carrying out an activity that involves contact with minors.

Following this conviction, the former international resigned as president of the NHL. with immediate effect “Said the sports body whose leaders had said” wait for the resignation of Bruno Martini even before the legal result.

In the crosshairs of an investigation since June 2020 after a complaint by a 13-year-old boy, Bruno Martini, 52, was arrested on Monday in Paris and taken into police custody, according to a source familiar with the matter. At this stage, investigators have not heard of any other victims besides the young teenager, added a source familiar with the matter. ” like everyone tomorrow, I am deeply shocked “The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, reacted on Twitter. “ Obviously I have a very moved thought for the boy and his family. “.

Important French handball player

Bruno Martini was the goalkeeper for the Blues world champions in 1995, the first major title for the French hand. World champion again in 2001, his rich playing career took him to the biggest clubs in France and Europe. With Montpellier, a club from the south of France, he won the Champions League in 2003.

At the head of a group of investors, he bought Paris handball in 2010 and served as its general manager for more than ten years, even after its 2012 takeover by the Qatar Sports Authority. He left his position at the beginning of 2021, announcing the incorporation of him as general director of one of the largest eSport teams, the Vitality team, a role he resigned last November, after his election as president of the NHL. .

(With AFP)

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