the Le Graët system in the sights of the Ministry of Sports

The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, after a Council of Ministers at the Elysée, in Paris, September 14, 2022.

To believe it, Noël Le Graët left delighted with his Parisian breakfast, Friday, September 16, with the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. “The meeting was cordial”accurate to World the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), arrived in a sedan with tinted windows ten minutes early to an appointment set for 8 a.m. at the headquarters of the ministry, in the 13e district of Paris.

Officially, the boss of French football since 2011 and his general manager, Florence Hardouin, were invited to discuss "different subjects". Two of them, however, seemed more important than the others: the recent revelations of the magazine SoFoot on the supposed sending by Mr. Le Graët of SMS of a sexual nature to employees and the numerous testimonies on the deleterious atmosphere and the alleged dysfunctions within the FFF.

Already back at the end of the morning in his stronghold of Guingamp (Côtes-d'Armor), the Breton faces the media storm with a disconcerting detachment. “We hardly talked about SMS this morning. There are none, text messagesasserts to World the 80-year-old leader, elected until 2024. It's weird that no one has filed a complaint. We'll stop talking about it, I don't care. »

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At the end of this breakfast, none of the participants spoke to the press, but a press release from the ministry was sent in stride. Mme Oudéa-Castéra informed his two guests of his intention "to initiate a mission of the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research [IGESR] ofaudit and control over the management of the federation and compliance with the obligations attached thereto.. A first at the FFF since 2011 and the “quota affair” – officials of the federation wanted to limit the number of dual nationals in the youth selections.

The press release specifies that Mr. Le Graët “undertook to transmit to this mission, in the most complete transparency, all the reports produced in the recent period on the FFF and in particular those relating to its governance and its management”.

“Toxic culture” within the FFF

While some of his relatives describe him "affected" and "freewheeling" since the revelations of SoFootthe boss of the "3F" welcomes this news with serenity. “This inspection is very good, it's perfect. It is a good initiative. Inspection is used to going all over the place”, he said. However, this is not just a courtesy visit.

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