Dimitri Vernet and AFP 8:37 a.m., September 22, 2022, modified at 8:59 a.m., September 22, 2022 Leader Thomas Heurtel will be excluded from the French basketball team “for the next international matches, including the 2024 Olympic Games” if he is “brought to play” with the Zenith Saint-Petersburg, with whom he is committed, announced Thursday the French Federation. A radical decision. In a press release posted on social networks, the French Basketball Federation announces that playmaker Thomas Heurtel will be excluded from the French team, including for the 2024 Olympic Games, if he plays with Zénith Saint-Petersburg. , Russian club he joined on Monday. The FFBB reacts to the situation of Thomas Heurtel. more info by clicking on this link: https://t.co/j9OCQtMJ4Zpic.twitter.com/06Ao1wvMTB— FFBB (@ffbasketball) September 22, 2022The player had however signed a sworn statement indicating that he would not play in RussiaLess than 24 hours after the Russian club announced the signing, for one season plus an optional one, of the silver medalist playmaker on Sunday at the Euro (defeat in the final against Spain). The federal office of the FFBB indeed decided “on July 28” that French players engaged in Russian or Belarusian clubs would not be “no longer selectable” until the end of the war in Ukraine. And Thomas Heurtel, like all players selected for the Euro, signed a sworn statement “indicating that he was not engaged and that he did not plan to sign with a Russian or Belarusian club”, explained the federation in its press release released Thursday. If ever Heurtel (99 selections) does not lift the optional year provided for in his contract with Zenith Saint Petersburg, the federal office will decide whether or not he becomes selectable again for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the Federation said. AFP. The FFB clears itself on this affair The Federation also indicated in its press release that if it “was informed that Thomas Heurtel had contacts with foreign clubs, including Russians, at no time was it informed that a contract had been signed or was in the process of being signed with a Russian club. Charles (four caps) at CSKA Moscow and Louis Labeyrie (33 caps) at Kazan.
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