Monday, January 24, 2011

French Cheating Scandal

The big news is that the French Chess Federation has accused its own player , Sébastien Feller,  of cheating at the Khanty-Mansyik Olympiad. The accusations are posted on the Federation's web page but no details of the form of cheating given. This is very bold because if the accusations cannot be proved they are in for a spot of libel.

Feller has published a statement refuting the charges which are translated below -

I completely deny the accusations of cheating from the French Chess Federation.
This disciplinary procedure is in fact related to the fact that I supported during the Olympics,
the current president of FIDE in opposition to the leadership of the
French Chess Federation. The president of FIDE is in fact defamed on the blog of Jean-Claude Moingt, which claims that it has received proxies fictitious. In addition, I have reported at private conversations, which were repeated, for accounting irregularities of the French Federation (details will be given later), which have angered the president. I asked my lawyer, Charles Morel, to initiate legal action for damages against the French Federation for having unjustifiably mentioned my name in a statement included on all French and foreign sites, as well as in the international press.

Best regards,
Sébastien Feller


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