Aramburu affair: 300 personalities from the world of rugby denounce “extremist and fascist ideas”

Assassinated because he opposed extremist and fascist ideas. » Thus begins the column published this Tuesday, April 19 in the daily “L’Equipe” and signed by more than three hundred personalities from the world of rugby and rugby enthusiasts, in tribute to Federico Martin Aramburu, assassinated on March 19. The main suspect, Loïk Le Priol, is a former soldier and militant of the ultra-right movement Groupe Union Défense (GUD). The 27-year-old was indicted on Friday 1er April for “assassination”.

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A month after the death of the former Argentinian international and Biarritz player, the text written “in agreement with the family” reminds us that ““Fede” had in him the values ​​of rugby, of humanism” which are “inculcated from an early age in our clubs and villages”.

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An assassination “because he respected these values”

Throughout the text, these values, integrated into the World Rugby World Charter since 2009, are cited: integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. A moral that “was obvious” for Federico Martin Aramburu and Shaun Hegarty (rugby player who accompanied his friend the night of his assassination) who “did not allow words to be spoken contrary to their thought, their education, their philosophy of life”.

“We cannot accept that one of ours be assassinated in 2022 in the heart of the French capital, because he respected and applied these values, to which we add in memory of Federico generosity, benevolence, the fight for social justice and above all the love of family and friendly sharing. »

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Among the signatories is Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, Fabien Galthié, the coach of the XV of France, and players like Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack or Cyril Baille. But also a certain number of Argentinian internationals (Mariano Galarza, Horacio Agulla, Martin Gaitan…), French coaches (Ugo Mola, Laurent Labit…), and former internationals of the XV of France (Thierry Dusautoir, Imanol Harinordoquy, Dimitri Yachvili, Marc Lievremont…).

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“Those who murdered Federico are at odds with these values, our values”denounces the tribune by affirming that “Never again should a family be bereaved on the grounds of far-right ideology. » At the end of the text, a sentence also marks: “On March 19, in the early morning, it could have been each of us in Federico’s place. » Before concluding : “Our differences are our wealth. We are a Nation. »

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