Noel Le Graët Resigns : Noel Le Graët has resigned as president of the French Football Federation and ‘sign’ for FIFA.
The 81-year-old who had held the position since 2011 but had been away for a month due to various controversies will head the FIFA office in Paris.
Noel resigned this Tuesday as he was involved in a series of scandals, in particular due to accusations of sexual harassment, which had made his maintenance untenable.
Now, ‘L’Equipe’ has published that the former president will sign for FIFA.
“He will lead the Paris office. He was appointed because of his skills, knowledge and experience,” said Éric Borghini, a member of the FFF.
The resignation of Le Graët, who is 81 years old and had been in office for eleven years, was leaked by various media, and was made official during a meeting of the executive committee of the FFF in Paris.
The former president had been removed from his responsibilities as head of the federation since January 11 due to strong pressure against him.
The triggering element then was an interview on a radio station in which he mocked Zinedine Zidane.
In addition, on the 30th, an inspection report commissioned by the Ministry of Sports on the management of the FFF was published, in which a “sexist and violent environment” was denounced, as well as other “dysfunctions” and, above all, insisted on that Le Graët let the situation get worse.
The conclusion of the editors of that document is that he no longer had “the necessary legitimacy to manage and represent French football”, among other things due to “a problematic attitude” towards women that “can be described as sexist at least”.
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