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FFE taking disciplinary action against Grandmasters

Update – GM Sébastien Feller denies the charges of cheating

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The Fédération Française des Echecs seizes its Commission of Discipline against members of the team of France, for “cheating”.

Fédération Française des Echecs (FFE) announces that it engaged, on December 22, 2010, a disciplinary action against the International Grandmasters Sebastien Feller and Arnaud Hauchard, like against the International Master Cyril Marzolo, following suspicions of “organized cheating, serious failure with sporting ethics, attack carried to the image of the Olympic national team, during the Team World Chess Championship which was held in Khanty-Mansyik (Russia), September 21 to October 3, 2010”.

Information on this procedure was in addition addressed to the International Federation of Chess (FIDE), like with the Ministry for the Sports, as an administration of supervision of FE.

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, on January 21, 2011

Official Statement of GM Sébastien Feller

I completely deny the charges of cheating imposed by the French Chess Federation. This disciplinary proceeding is actually related to the fact that I supported, at the time of the Chess Olympiad, the current president of FIDE in opposition with the current direction of the French Chess Federation.

The President of FIDE is defamed on the blog of Jean-Claude Moingt, which claims that he profited from fictitious proxies. Moreover, at that time I spoke in private conversations, which were repeated, of countable irregularities of the French Chess Federation (of which the precise details will be given later), which angered the FFE President.

I asked my lawyer, Mr Charles Morel, to take legal action in damages against the French Chess Federation for an unjustified quote of my name in an official statement, taken again on all the French and foreign websites, as well as in the international press.

Translation by Jean-Michel Blatrier

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