Noël La Graët, Zidane’s ‘enemy’: octogenarian, faced with Mbappé and Benzema and investigated for sexual harassment

The president of the French Soccer Federation is a personality surrounded by a number of controversies.

The president of the French Federation, Nol La Grat.PA

The president of the French Soccer Federation, nol le grat, accumulates an extended file of controversies and shady affairs. On the head of the federation for greater than a decade (he retires in 2024), his derogatory statements about Zinedine Zidaneassuring that he wouldn’t have picked up the cellphone from the previous soccer participant if he had known as him to be the France coach, are simply the fruits of the historical past of a personality about whom there may be every thing: confrontations with all his stars, outbursts and Most significantly, investigations for sexual and ethical harassment of some former workers of the Federation.

In truth, immediately Tuesday he has to seem within the investigation opened by one in all his nice enemies, the Minister of Sports activities, Amlie Ouda-Castera. In response to the data that the French media have been publishing, Le Grat is accused of sending a number of SMS to those workers in an inappropriate tone. All have requested anonymity, however have declared to media akin to Radio France or So Foot that they’ve acquired texts akin to the next: “He advised me that I needed to put on a skirt for a visit. Clearly I refused and placed on pants. On the aircraft, sitting subsequent to him, he put his hand on my thigh. I pushed him away saying: ‘President, we’re not going to begin the journey”. One other employee declared that she had acquired a message for her to go to her home, and that textual content ended: “Don’t fret, if one thing occurs between us, nobody will know.”

It’s the most tough thorn to beat in somebody used to moving into the. At 80 years outdated, he has one left to retire. He has already warned that he doesn’t plan to go away earlier than 2024 and has even dropped that he may intervene when selecting his successor. The choice to resume Didier Deschamps as coach till 2026 has additionally brought about discomfort inside the Federation, by not having beforehand consulted the chief committee.

Le Grat is known for being conceited and having an explosive character, because the statements about Zidane present, most likely the very best footballer France has ever had. The minister, in a message demanding rectification, doesn’t disguise her disgust with the character: “Statements once more misplaced, with the addition of a shameful lack of respect for a soccer and sports activities legend”he factors out in a tweet.

French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera.
French Sports activities Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera.AFP

The gratuitous contempt with which he refers to Zidane has not given him a lot assist within the locker room, though the friction comes from earlier than. For instance with the PSG star Kylian Mbapp, who has come out in protection of the previous Actual Madrid coach, assuring that “it’s France, a legend will not be disrespected like that”. His dangerous relationship is well-known, and the PSG star would not even trouble to cover it.

Every part begins from the truth that Mbapp needs to have the ability to determine on his picture rights when he’s with the choice, one thing that the president doesn’t permit. In truth, Kylian has refused to take part in shootings of sponsors of the Federation. To this have to be added a conflict when Le Grat revealed, at all times based on his personal model, that the French tenth had considered leaving the nationwide crew after lacking a penalty within the final Euro Cup.

Confronted, then, with the nice star, but in addition with one other legendary participant akin to Benzema. The president referred to the French striker from Madrid, separated by the Federation when the Valbuena scandal broke out after profitable the 2018 World Cup, saying that Karim’s stage with the ‘bleus’ had ended and that he noticed him out of form. The striker’s response was forceful.

“Mr. Le Grat, I ask you to neglect about me and depart me alone, please. France is world champion and that’s the important, the remainder is trifles,” Benzema wrote on his Twitter account. On this final World Cup, in QatarLe Grat additionally dominated on the restoration intervals from the damage that lastly eliminated her from the decision, supporting Deschamps’s determination to go away him out.