President French Football Federation Noel Le Graet resigned on Tuesday amid allegations of sexual and psychological abuse, ending 11 years in power.
The 81-year-old’s time at the helm coincided with the resurgence of the French men’s team as a force, with their 2018 World Cup triumph followed by a run at the end of the year. last time in Qatar, where they lost on penalties. Argentina.
But Le Graet’s resignation came 13 days after the publication of a damning report on management practices at the FFF in Paris commissioned by the French sports ministry.
“Considering his behavior towards women, his public statements and the failure of FFF management, Le Graet no longer has the right to to run and represent French football,” said the report.
In January, Le Graet agreed to resign pending the outcome of the audit, which concluded that he should not return to this position because his behavior was not appropriate to the performance of its duties.
It was revealed last month that Le Graet, whose contract should run until 2024, was investigated for sexual and psychological harassment following allegations made by a female soccer player. Sonia Souid.
He has long been under pressure after he made controversial comments in a radio interview in early January about French superstar Zinedine Zidane’s potential interest in the coach. the national team.
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