Togo national team manager Claude Le Roy has been slapped with a prison for his involvement in fraud.
According to the Cameroon Intelligence Report, the African managerial legend who has previously coached Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo and Congo(Republic) has been sentenced to two years.
The sentence is in relation to fraud that occurred in certain transfers whilst managing Racing Strasbourg, who he led for five years from 1998 to 2003.
The 68-year-old has claimed he was uninformed of any wrong doing in the transfers in question.
“We’re in a little world of ultra-privileged stirring hundreds of thousands of francs. If this is a grey area then we forget that there are regulations governing transfers”, the prosecutor, Sébastien Hauger, lamented in his submissions.
But Le Roy’s statement of defence has clearly not convinced the prosecution, which is still pressing for the jail term for the coach.
Also prosecuted in the case is Patrick Proisy, former president of RC Strasbourg, who risks three years imprisonment and thirty months suspended.
No penalty of a fine was required against Claude Le Roy, who was placed in custody in this case in 2006, and Patrick Proisy, who prosecutors admitted had not personally enriched themselves.
The two agents pursued in this case, Gilbert Sau and Nicolas Geiger are rather being pursued to pay fines as they directly benefited from the case.
The ruling is expected to be delivered on 13 September.
If Claude Le Roy is jailed it could severely affect the Togolese national team who are chasing a place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Le Roy, who started coaching in Africa since 1985 with Cameroon has gone on to coach half a dozen African national teams.He was Ghana’s coach from 2006 to 2008.
BY: Duah Alonso Michael (Diploma 1)