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Bruno Martini (handball) prosecuted for “corruption of a minor” and “possession of child pornography images”

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Bruno Martini, former goalkeeper of the French handball team, world champion and president of the National Handball League (NHL), is being prosecuted for “bribery of a minor” and “possession of child pornography images”We informed this Wednesday, January 25 from a source close to the file.

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Targeted by an investigation since 2020 after the complaint of a 13-year-old teenager, Bruno Martini, 52, was arrested on Monday in Paris and placed in police custody, a source familiar with the matter added, confirming information from Franceinfo .

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Asked by AFP, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that the former athlete had been referred Tuesday evening for a “probable comparison for prior recognition of credibility and recording of child pornography images”, after he was released from police custody. He should be presented this Wednesday to a magistrate, who should offer him a comparison for a prior recognition of merit.

At this stage, the pollers have not been aware of other victims, apart from the 13-year-old teenager, a source familiar with the matter added.

Career as a player and then as a manager

Bruno Martini, colossus of 1.97 m, was the goalkeeper of the Blues world champions in 1995, the first major title of French handball, launching the golden era of the crazy band of “Barjots”.

The new world champion in 2001, his rich career as a player led him to the biggest French European clubs, from OM-Vitrolles to Montpellier with whom he won the Champions League in 2003, then Paris.

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He then turned to a career in management. At the head of a group of investors, he bought Paris Handball in 2010, of which he became general manager. It remains so when, two years later, the club is bought by the Qatar Sports Authority, already owner of PSG.

The club becomes PSG Handball and dominates French handball, winning nine of the last ten French championships. Bruno Martini is leaving his post at the start of 2021 and announces that he will join one of the biggest esports teams, the Vitality team, as general manager.

He leaves it when he is elected president of the League in November 2022. “My projects are visibility, economic development and positioning”he argued at the time: “You have to carry the right values”.

Legal troubles for several sports leaders

The investigation targeting Bruno Martini is the latest in a long series of legal troubles targeting French sports leaders.

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Among the most restrained, Bernard Laporte, the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), was sentenced at first instance in December to a two-year suspended prison sentence for having entered into a corruption pact with the businessman and president of the Montpellier club, Mohed Altrad. He appealed against this judgment and withdrew, under pressure from the Ministry of Sports and the ethics commission of the FFR.

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He was again taken into custody on Tuesday in an aggravated belasting fraud money laundering case, but emerged without prosecution at this stage.

As for Noël Le Graet, the all-powerful boss of the French Football Federation (FFF), he is the subject of an investigation for moral and sexual harassment and was forced to withdraw during an extraordinary executive committee.

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