The president of the French Football Federation,

Noël Le Graët

, has been temporarily suspended from his position this Wednesday after the controversial statements he made about

Zinedine Zidane

a few days ago, assuring that if he had called him to run as France coach he would not even I would have picked up the phone.

The Executive Committee of the organization has so decided this Wednesday in an extraordinary meeting.

He is removed not only because of his contemptuous attitude towards the former Real Madrid coach, but also because of the suspicions of sexual harassment that weigh on him, after complaints from several Federation workers.

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Noël La Graët, Zidane's 'enemy': octogenarian, faced with Mbappé and Benzema and investigated for sexual harassment

  • Writing: RAQUEL VILLAÉCIJA (Correspondent) Paris

Noël La Graët, Zidane's 'enemy': octogenarian, faced with Mbappé and Benzema and investigated for sexual harassment

At the moment, Philippe Diallo

, vice president of the FFF, will replace him

, waiting for the internal audit that is investigating these complaints from several women to be resolved.

The last one was last Monday, in full controversy over the mockery of Zidane.

Former soccer agent

Sonia Souid

revealed details of the sexist behavior that Le Graët had had with her.

"I saw myself as two boobs and an ass," she told the French media.

The Executive Committee of the Federation decided to meet today, after the Sports Minister,

Amélie Oudéa-Castera

, met the manager yesterday.

Doubts were growing that Le Graët was in a position to continue at the forefront.

At 80 years old, he has been in office since 2011 and his term ends in December 2024.

These controversies (the allegations of harassment, the derogatory statements about Zidane...) occur just when France has just been runner-up in the World Cup in Qatar and Paris is preparing for the Olympic Games.

The federation committee is aware of how much the president's attitude damages the country's image.

In fact, neither the Minister of Sports nor the French Government have at any time hidden their position on the continuity of Le Graët at the helm of the federation.

"The FFF deserves a president at the height, who allows French football to be given a good image in the world," said the government spokesman,

Olivier Véran

, on Wednesday .

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