Sella sues for defamation

Date published: March 17 2015

Philippe Sella is taking legal action against journalist Pierre Ballester and his publisher for doping allegations in his recent book.

'Rugby à charges', which came out last week, suggests that Sella, and his French teammates, took amphetamines, "in exceptional circumstances", during his career.

Sella's lawyer, Maître Edouard Martial, has called the author and his publisher, la Martinière, to appear in court on April 10th.

"We are going to affirm that Philippe Sella never took doping products and that there is no proof in the book. We will ask for damages to compensate for the damage suffered," Maître Martial told Rugbyrama.

Sella explained that he was shocked when he read the allegations, and denies any form of doping during his career.

"They are allegations that really hurt. In this book there are conflations, confusion and lies. We feel sullied. It really is a charged book," he said. 

"It's a marketing ploy, we need to fight doping but not using marketing and approximation. I know how we were at Agen, and I know how we were in the French team and there was never any organised doping, I was gobsmacked when I read that."