Toulon denies having fired Chloé Bulleux for her pregnancy and opens the door to her reinstatement

“We are shocked by Chloé Bulleux’s statements”. Thierry Oelker, communication director of Toulon Métropole Var Handball, reacted on behalf of the club, on Sunday, April 10, for franceinfo sport. Mention reasons “purely sporty” to justify the non-renewal of the contract of Chloé Bulleux, a former French international, who enjoyed an optional year for the next season.

The right side, who has just given birth to a little Noah, she had stated on BeIN Sports that the club’s refusal to take this option was due to her return from pregnancy. He immediately received the support of many players, including France national team goalkeeper Cléopâtre Darleux. “I went from captain to nothing”, the young mother had remarkably declared, with many emotions.

The player had signed a one-year contract with another optional season after the arrival of the new coach, Stéphane Plantin, in February 2021. Absent since July due to her pregnancy, Chloé Bulleux did not set foot on the parquet floors of the season and no longer seems to be part of your coach’s plans.

“When a new coach arrives, he obviously shuffles the cards. Stéphane wants speed, fire and youth on the wings. That’s why we got Elise Caramello to sign a professional contract and we just signed Manon Pellerin for next season.”Thierry Oelker told us to justify the sporting reasons for the eviction of Chloé Bulleux.

Coach Stéphane Plantin also mentions budgetary reasons. “We have a payroll to respect and it seemed more appropriate to concentrate it on the rear base, the sector in which we are having the most difficulties at the moment”he defends himself “I have absolutely nothing against her being pregnant.“, adds the French coach.

The way of doing things was also attacked by the player who explains that she was not warned in person but only by registered letter. An error and a foul, according to the club, which came out of silence this Monday, April 11. The coach indicates, on his part, that he received the player down in an individual interview to indicate to the full-back that she was no longer in the plans. “We did the best we could and with the utmost respect”he says.

The club and the coach have also made it known that they remain open to the return to the squad of Chloé Bulleux, whose maternity leave ends soon. “She is welcome to take her place”comments Stéphane Plantin. “She is already in the process of returning”he adds.

With a reduced squad, the Toulonnaise moved to Brest with just twelve players, the potential return of Chloé Blleux could do a struggling team, which sits 11th in the table, some good. The player, however, made it clear in her interview that she was considering ending her career.

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