French club in hot water over Johan Goosen deal - report

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Johan Goosen in action for the Springboks against England at Twickenham on 12 November 2016.
Johan Goosen in action for the Springboks against England at Twickenham on 12 November 2016.
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  • French giants Montpellier reportedly face heavy punishment after disguising player salaries to break the Top 14 salary cap.
  • This has been revealed via an exclusive report on French publication RMC Sport.
  • The publication claims that Montpellier disguised a number of their top players' salaries - particularly that of Springbok Johan Goosen - to prevent the club from breaching the Top 14's salary cap.

French giants Montpellier reportedly face heavy punishment after disguising player salaries to break the Top 14 salary cap.

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An exclusive report on French publication RMC Sport claims that Montpellier disguised a number of their top players' salaries - particularly that of Springbok Johan Goosen - to prevent the club from breaching the Top 14's salary cap.

The report states that through Springbok team-mate Willie le Roux, Goosen was put in touch with agent Eduard Kelder, who at the time was suspended from France for financial mismanagement.

Kelder, in turn, notified Gerrie Swart who represented a number of South African Montpellier players, including Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis and Jan Serfontein.

Swart became Goosen's agent and in December 2016 the former Cheetahs pivot announced his premature retirement from rugby to take up a role as a commercial director of an agricultural company in South Africa.

The report adds that Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad - together with Kelder and Swart - allegedly set up a front company in order to allow the club to pay Goosen despite the fact that he was still under contract at Racing.

A source told RMC Sport that two front companies in Hong Kong and Switzerland bought cattle from Goosen's company at overvalued prices.

Goosen, who played 13 Tests for the Springboks between 2012 and 2016, made a retirement U-turn in 2018 by signing for Montpellier, who paid Racing €1.5 million to buy him out of his contract.

Upon Goosen's arrival, Swart informed the player he would no longer represent him.

Altrad refused to comment on the matter.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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