Noël Le Graët or the failed end of the reign of a great French football leader

FRANCK FIFE / AFP Noël Le Graët, here before a match for the France team at Euro 2020, has been president of the FFF since 2011.

FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Noël Le Graët, here before a match for the France team at Euro 2020, has been president of the FFF since 2011.

FOOTBALL – These last fifty weeks have spoiled 50 years of immense commitment to French football. A key figure in this environment with major sporting and economic results, Noel Le Graet has created a new controversy – too many? – forcing him to publish an official statement of apology this Monday, January 9. It is primarily addressed to Zinedine Zidane who had been targeted the day before by inappropriate comments from the president of the French Federation.

Guest of RMC this Sunday, the leader in office since 2011 said he had ” nothing to shake about the future of the blue legend, 1998 world champion and successful coach of Real Madrid who would like to coach the France team one day. ” I wouldn’t even have picked it up on the phone “added “Le Menhir” when asked if he had spoken on the phone with Zizou.

Noël Le Graët has alienated Kylian Mbappé

This new slippage, in a rambling interview during which the octogenarian made confused remarks, was very quickly widely condemned. There are countless figures in French sport who publicly urge the former mayor and president of the Guingamp club (Côtes-d’Armor) to hand over before the end of his fourth term. Kylian Mbappé, with whom relations are fresh for several months, has never said it out loud, but the tackle he addressed to his president on Sunday evening also says a lot about his desire for change.

In a tweet, the Minister of Sports had demanded an apology and felt that a ” president shouldn’t say that “. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also mentions ” declarations again above ground “. And therein lies Noël Le Graët’s main problem. This is not his first controversial speech and the pressure will be immense for the last two years of his mandate.

Noël Le Graët, a president out of step with the times

He must, for example, be questioned again in the next few hours as part of the audit requested by the Minister of Sports to clarify the management within the authority, and more particularly in terms of sexist and sexual violence. several media, notably SoFootpublished in 2022 investigations denouncing the management of the president of the FFF. If he has always denied the accusations essentially based on anonymous testimonies, they report alleged sexual text messages sent to employees, and accusations by former employees of ” bullying “ and behaviors “inappropriate”.

This feeling of being out of step with its timeNoël Le Graët had also fed him speaking of the French women’s team Where before the World Cup in Qatar. While several of his European counterparts were pushing for concerted action on the defense of human rights, the Breton had opposed the wearing of the “One Love” armband by the captain of the France team, Hugo Lloris. This outing had contributed to straining his relations with Emmanuel Macron, underlines The Team this Monday.

The President of the Republic was disappointed and upset “Said the Minister of Sports on Monday during a press conference. Accustomed to the first circles of power, the president of the FFF has seen his ties gradually weaken with political leaders. If the latter do not have the prerogatives to dismiss him, they have every opportunity to press to return the image of a leader at the end of the twilight reign.

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Noël Le Graët or the failed end of the reign of a great French football leader