Football: Noël le Graët, a future in suspense

The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) Noël Le Graët on June 4, 2019 in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines AFP / Archives

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The future of Noël le Graët will probably be decided on Wednesday morning during an extraordinary executive committee of the FFF, a meeting decided after the surge having followed his remarks on Zidane and the damning testimony Tuesday of a players' agent denouncing his behavior sexist. 


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His statements on Sunday evening on RMC about Zinedine Zidane obviously triggered a movement that the former PS mayor of Guingamp, despite his apologies presented to the 1998 world champion on Monday, may not be able to counter.

Because every day since his awkward and astonishing remarks about Zizou has brought its share of black, very black clouds above his head.

Monday evening the Minister of Sports, Amelie Oudea Castera clearly asked the Executive Committee to act.

To take responsibility, she said.

Signifying his annoyance, not to say the fed up that the former industrialist inspires in high places and elsewhere.

Testimonies for inappropriate behavior accumulate, the way of managing Noël le Graët is strongly criticized.

And is therefore the subject of an audit, the final conclusions of which will be published in mid-February.

Will he still be in place when he repeated the desire that he would remain until the end of his term in 2024?

This Comex, a sort of government of the federation, made up of a large majority of people close to Noël le Graët, was convened by himself.

It is officially intended to respond to various internal questions and criticisms but also to take the pulse of the team.

It is said to be extremely tense and divided.

Note that after the association representing amateur football, the National Ethics Council of the French Football Federation officially called for the resignation of Noël le Graët.


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