Handball: Bruno Martini soon to be struck off for life?
The French Handball Federation has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bruno Martini, who could be expelled for life after being sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence for corruption of a minor and recording of child pornography images.
Bruno Martini may soon no longer be able to exercise any function in French handball. While the former goalkeeper of the France team was sentenced on Wednesday for corruption of a minor and recording of child pornography images, the French Handball Federation opened disciplinary proceedings against him.
“During an extraordinary meeting held at the end of the day, the Board of Directors unanimously decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Bruno Martini, a member of the Federation, in view of the seriousness of the offenses for which he was convicted. The French Handball Federation wishes to renew all its support for the victim and his family,” said the FFHB.
If the independent disciplinary committee will be responsible for taking the sanction, the 52-year-old man, who resigned in the wake of his conviction as president of the National Handball League, could be deprived of his license and struck off. life of the Federation.
Bruno Martini was the target of an investigation opened in June 2020 by the Paris prosecutor’s office after a complaint filed by a 13-year-old teenager. The former handball player would have approached the young boy on social networks under a pseudonym, exchanging with him several selfies and videos of a sexual nature.
He would then have given him an appointment at his Parisian home. But the teenager would have finally turned around. After several months of investigations, investigators from the minors protection brigade were able to trace Bruno Martini, who was placed in police custody in Paris at the start of the week before being referred Tuesday evening for of a “probable appearance for preliminary admission of guilt” and to be condemned to a one-year suspended prison sentence.