the pre-report of the audit mission considers that Le Graët no longer has “the legitimacy necessary to administer French football”
Noël Le Graët and Florence Hardouin are not spared by this report. It is in fact the entire operation of the instance that is targeted.
No one is spared. After three and a half months of investigation, the provisional report of the audit mission on the French Football Federation (FFF) was sent to the President on Monday Noël Le Graët, set back, to its general manager Florence Hardouin, laid off, as well as to the interim president of the FFF Philipe Diallo and the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. It is precisely the ministry that commissioned this audit mission of the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research (IGESR) in the fall. FFF leaders now have ten days to learn of the charges. And answer it.
In excerpts made public by RMC President Le Graët, who would havea problematic attitude towards women that can be qualified at least as sexist“, is widely pinned. “Given his behavior towards women, his statements towards women, his public statements and the failures of the governance of the FFF, Mr. Le Graët no longer has the necessary legitimacy to administer and represent French football.“, we say. The Team also distributes excerpts from this report which guesses “strong signs of weakening, those of the end of a story. The president multiplies what some call “slippages”, but which above all illustrate the drift of a solitary power without any internal regulation tool“. Some points could also end up in court and “the mission will send additional information to the report it made on January 13, 2023 to the Paris public prosecutor.»
Sexist atmosphere and violence
Mr. Le Graët is not the only one to be singled out, however. It is about a “very authoritarian managementby Florence Hardouin and also asexist and violent atmosphere that reigned within the (steering committee) until 2020“. “The policy to combat gender-based and sexual violence in the federal network is neither effective nor efficientwe add, in remarks revealed by The Team. At the headquarters of the FFF, gender-based and sexual violence is never clearly designated. The fight against gender-based and sexual violence is largely underestimated in federal development policy.»
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If it is about a “toxic influence» of the duo Le Graët / Hardouin, the report is however not only dependent. “This tandem will undoubtedly straighten out the federation financially and sportingly. A strong political orientation, a positive sporting dynamic and a favorable financial environment, characterized by a substantial growth in television broadcasting rights, allowing the FFF to change its economic model“, we assure. Noël Le Graët had to resign, at least temporarily, from his duties on January 11 pending the publication of the report. Florence Hardouin was laid off the same day by the Comex.
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