French tennis chief Bernard Giudicelli condemned for defamation


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French tennis chief Bernard Giudicelli condemned for defamation

French Tennis federation chiefs have, and are, going through a tough time. Last year, Jean Gachassin was fired by the FFT for selling Roland Garros tickets at a much higher price than the initially announced prices and for spending a huge amount of money from the Federation's revenues.

The current president, Bernard Giudicelli has now been condemned for defamation. Giudicelli will have to pay a €10,000 fine for defamation towards former French tennis player Gilles Moretton, plus €5,000 for damages and €2,500 to his lawyer.

Giudicelli had publicly said that he didn't agree with Moretton's candidacy for the French AURA League, because 'he was accused of being one of those players who in 2011 sold tickets at a ten times higher price than the original one.' Giudicelli has already appealed after this sentence, but so far Moretton has won the first "round" and his lawyer Alain Jakubowicz is anything but satisfied: 'It's a shame what Giudicelli did, hopefully Federation will get its fair conclusion from this accident.' ALSO READ: French Federation Chief: 'We need winning culture'