UAE investor may buy into sleeping giant of French rugby

PARIS (AFP) – An unnamed Middle Eastern individual represented by former France winger Christophe Dominici said on Tuesday they want to buy second-tier French rugby club Beziers.

The 11-time French top-flight champions were relegated to the ProD2 in 2005 and according to reports have financial problems.

The businessman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said they have met the side’s current owners who are also in talks with a local real estate firm.

Dominici, who played 67 times for les Bleus, claimed last week the investor is close to the Emirati royal family and had significant wealth.

“The first time we came to Beziers it was to see if we would buy a vineyard,” a statement said.

“The friendly and warm welcome made us appreciate the region and its people with their accent which charmed us… In the warmth of discussions, we were shown the difficulties Beziers face, and we were asked to offer our support,” it added.

Reports about the possible purchase of the side who play their games at the 18,500 capacity Stade Raoul-Barriere originally emerged earlier this month.