Monday 18 December 2017

Lux warns of threat to Euro cups

Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

ERC chairman Jean Pierre Lux has called on the unions who make up the premier European rugby competitions to prevent the English and French clubs from hijacking the Heineken Cup.

"With our majority shareholders, we can set up a competition for 2014/2015 with whoever wants to compete," he told L'équipe last week. "I'm making my views public now because we are under pressure from English and French leagues who have financial motives. And the unions cannot let the professional leagues decide instead of them."

The ERC board, which contains representatives of the English and French clubs, meets in Dublin on Wednesday and Lux says it's time the majority view is adopted.

"It's deadlocked at the moment," Lux said. "A year ago, the LNR (the French clubs' body) and Premiership Rugby wanted negotiations. The English and the French have made a proposal which does not have the approval of the other four countries.

"There were added problems with the English clubs who signed a unilateral contract for the Premiership and the Heineken Cup with BT (while ERC has signed a contract extension with Sky with the approval of the Unions).

"The English clubs are hiding behind a contract, the details of which nobody has seen.

Lux maintains that what the English and French clubs want will undermine the Six Nations.

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