French businessman Mourad Boudjellal could sue the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) if Quade Cooper reneges on his two-year contract with French rugby club Toulon.
The Queensland Red fly-half is reportedly seeking a new four-year-contract with the ARU in order to represent Australia in Rugby Sevens at next year’s Olympics.
However Boudjellal, the owner of French rugby club Toulon, will demand more than the $200,000 required to break the contract.
“If [Quade] Cooper doesn’t come, the compensation will be in millions of euros”.
“He was our first choice,” Mr Boudjellal said.
“The damage to our image is significant. He took a photo with us, we centred our season ticket campaign around him, his jersey is on sale. What’s more, we passed on other fly halves to get him.”
This comes after Cooper had reportedly settled on his quest to become an Olympic Rugby Sevens contender.
There are concerns that Cooper and his management never confirmed the deal with the French team as no notification of the signing was given to the ARU.
But Boudjellal disagreed saying “this contract has been registered with the LNR [Ligue Nationale de Rugby].”
“Cooper confirmed the commitment that was made because he also signed a League contract.” – Joseph Walz
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