He was part of the legend of French handball. World champion 1995 and 2001, Bruno Martini was placed in police custody on Monday January 24 for “corruption of minors” and “recording of child pornography images”. He was referred to the Paris prosecutor’s office on Tuesday evening. According to information from Le Parisien, Bruno Martini will be sentenced this Wednesday to a one-year suspended prison sentence. He also receives a fine of 2,500 euros and a five-year ban on practicing with minors.
On social networks, the Minister of Sports has shown concern about all the events of recent weeks (Bernard Laporte, Noël Le Graët), but welcomes the reaction of the authorities. “Like everyone this morning, I am deeply shocked by this information which the courts have taken up. The handball authorities quickly mobilized and met at 1 p.m. around an exceptional NHL steering committee, in the presence of the federation French handball, explained on Twitter the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. I have full confidence in the fact that they will take all the necessary decisions, both in terms of disciplinary sanctions and on the future of the governance. “
What are the charges against Bruno Martini?
President of the National Handball League, Bruno Martini had been under threat of an investigation for 2 years. It all starts with the complaint of a 13-year-old teenager in the summer of 2020. The latter told the police that he had been approached on a social network by a man who led him to exchange several selfies and character videos with him. sexual. The man had even offered him a date and paid for a taxi to bring him to him before turning back at the last moment.
After several months of investigation, the investigators discovered Bruno Martini behind the nickname and arrested the former goalkeeper at his Parisian home. His two apartments, in Paris and Montpellier, were searched and his computer equipment was seized. The latter quickly admitted to the investigators having approached the young man, but claims to have believed that he was over 15 years old.
A resignation demanded
In the middle of the handball world championship, the affair made a lot of noise. If there is no reaction within the tricolor staff, the Federation published a press release on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of their president. “The FFHandball learned today, with amazement, of the extremely serious facts alleged against Bruno Martini, president of the National Handball League, which he seems to recognize, and which have no place in sport. side, with regard to the alleged facts and the exemplarity which should not suffer from any suspicion concerning any function of elected official, the Federation calls on Bruno Martini to resign from all of his mandates within the handball family and in particular of its role as representative of the NHL on the board of directors of the FFHandball and this until the final communication of the results of the investigation. In line with its policy of zero tolerance which it advocates on the subject For several years, the FFHandball has reaffirmed its determination to fight against all forms of violence and intends to recall that it severely condemns such facts, when they are established and regardless of the person involved.