This Monday, the French Basketball Federation announced its decision to no longer allow players playing in Russia and Belarus to be selected with the Blues. A decision with which the former pivot Frédéric Weis is far from agreeing. The latter explained the reasons in the Grandes Gueules du Sport on RMC.
The French Basketball Federation struck very hard by announcing the “ban” for players to play in Russia or Belarus. Due to the war in Ukraine, the FFBB has decided to no longer select those who will be in this case. A decision making a lot of noise and which shocks the former pivot of the Blues Frédéric Weis.
On the set of the Grandes Gueules du Sport on RMC, the former player considers that the body should not have the right to control the careers of basketball players: “There is a conflict between China and Taiwan, that means that if players want to go to China, they will also be banned from the national team? It’s starting to get complicated. We have the impression that the Federation considers itself as a country, and that it has the right to authorize or not authorize people to go to work somewhere. »
Two internationals are currently affected by this decision: Louis Labeyrie (Kazan) and Livio Jean-Charles (CSKA Moscow). Leaving for Zenith Saint-Petersburg, Thomas Heurtel has agreed not to play in Russia.
“A top athlete is a worker like any other”
To support his opinion, Weis posed a certain problem for the Federation, in this case the question of salary: “If these people do not sign in these clubs and do not find other clubs, it is the French federation or international who will cover the salary? Are they the ones who will give them the difference in salary that they would have had elsewhere? I’m not sure. There is no logical explanation. »
The former Limoges player also insists that a worker has the right to work wherever he wants, and that a “top athlete is a worker like any other. I don’t see how this can be allowed. “If he signed the certificate, Evan Fournier is like Weis, opposed to this practice:” I am not a fan of this type of thing to be honest (…) If we did that for all conflicts, we would not play in any country. »