The president of the FFF Noël Le Graët, September 21, 2019 during the Champions Trophy between OL and PSG in Guingamp. - Fred TANNEAU / AFP
The French Federation tried to bring together President Noël Le Graët and Adrien Rabiot to discuss the future of the player in the France team, but the intervention of his mother and adviser made the project collapse, justified the FFF Friday, in response to Véronique Rabiot.
International 6 times, the 25-year-old midfielder has not been called back since his refusal to be a reservist in the spring of 2018, just before the World Cup won by the Blues in Russia. “I asked Adrien Rabiot to come and explain himself in my office. And it was Madame Rabiot who responded by saying that she wanted to come alone first to the meeting. I told him that it was out of the question, even in dreams, ”said after the Le Graët Christmas tournament.
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“Then there was a second contact, where she told us, this time, that she would come with her son. It was not what I wanted, so there was no meeting, ”he explained to L'Equipe . Véronique Rabiot delivered her version on Thursday on the L'Equipe channel. "I know that the journalists say that I had contacts with Mr. Le Graët, which is false. (…) Today, completely straight in my boots, I tell you: "Mr. Le Graët is a liar". I have in no way spoken with Mr. Le Graët ”.
The words of Le Graët "totally factually true"
Questioned by AFP, the Federation recognizes that Véronique Rabiot never had direct contact with the president of the FFF, but affirms that Noël Le Graët never claimed that. The secretariat of the president called Adrien Rabiot on October 18, 2018 to propose an appointment, then re-launched the following day by text, for lack of response. His mother then offered to come alone, according to the Federation.
In a letter dated December 5, the player's mother then offered to come with her son. Attempts at telephone contact took place between the secretariat and the player's adviser, without success, according to the same source. The words of Le Graët in L'Equipe were therefore "totally factually true", we insist on the FFF, stating that the leader would not speak on the subject.
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