The former director of OGC Nice Julien Fournier was heard by the courts in the context of the case of suspicion of racism against the former coach of the Aiglons Christophe Galtier, he himself indicated on Monday at the AFP.
“I was heard a few days ago, I don’t want to comment“, he explained Monday, requested by AFP.
On his side Christophe Galtiercurrent coach of Paris Saint Germain,has not yet been heard by the courts, according to a source close to the case on Monday.
Several Nice players and leaders such as club president Jean-Pierre Rivère, as well as the current coach Didier Digard were also interviewed by investigators.
Christophe Galtier is suspected of having made discriminatory, racist and Islamophobic remarks during his year at the helm of OGC Nice (2021-2022).
“I am deeply shocked by the words attributed to me, relayed by some in an irresponsible way“, reacted Galtier in a press conference after the outbreak of the case, mid-April.
In an e-mail addressed to the management of the Nice club revealed by the independent journalist Romain Molina then RMC, Fournier, with whom Galtier had an execrable relationship, notably reported these remarks attributed to the PSG coach: “ He then replied that I had to take into account the reality of the city and that indeed, we could not have so many blacks and Muslims in the team.” And “He told me of his desire to change the team in depth, also specifying that he wanted to limit the number of Muslim players as much as possible.“.
A preliminary investigation has been opened by the Nice prosecutor’s office for suspicion of “discrimination based on alleged race or religious affiliationand searches were carried out at the headquarters of OGC Nice.