Bruno Martini, the president of the French handball league, arrested for corruption of minors and recording child pornography | Sports

Bruno Martini, in a file image.
Bruno Martini, in a file image.FRANCK FIFE (AFP)

In the decisive part of the Handball World Cup and a few hours before the quarterfinals begin, with France about to star in one of the star duels (against Germany, this Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.), the French sport was hit by the arrest of the president of the National Handball League and double world champion in 1995 and 2001, Bruno Martini (52 years old), for “corruption of minors” and “recording images of child pornography”, according to the media outlet. French Info.

The case of the exporter, also champion of the Champions League in 2003 with Montpellier, has been under investigation for more than two years, until he was arrested on Monday morning and released on Tuesday night by probable appearance to admit his guilt, according to the information published by the French portal.

Everything broke out in the summer of 2020, when a 13-year-old teenager, accompanied by his mother, went to a police station to report that he had been approached on a social network by a man who led him to exchange several selfies and nature videos. sexual. He even offered him a paid taxi to keep an appointment, although the young man backed down at the last moment.

Police investigations concluded that behind that man’s nickname on the social network was Bruni Martini, the president of the French handball league. Once this was discovered, the investigation tried to find out in the following months if there were more possible victims of his, something that did not happen. So this Monday morning they arrested him at his home in Paris, they also searched another exporter’s property in Montpellier and seized various computer equipment.

Martini admitted to investigators that he had approached the young man, but that he believed he was over 15 years old. In case he confesses his guilt, French Info reported that he would be offered a sentence less than the one committed, five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

You can follow EL PAÍS Sports on Facebook Y Twitteror sign up here to receive our weekly newsletter.