Radio France have released this Friday morning the allegations which are to be held against FFF president Noël Le Graët by auditors mandated by the French government to investigate the French FA. The 81-year-old stepped back from his duties last month in the wake of backlash regarding his dismissive comments on Zinédine Zidane, as well as testimonies of alleged sexual harassment. The Breton has continued to deny all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. However, the Paris public prosecutors have opened an investigation into Le Graët for “bullying and sexual harassment”. The detailed FFF audit, set to be delivered to France’s Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra on Wednesday, might seal his fate and force him to resign.
According to Radio France’s investigation unit, auditors note “the repetitive nature of Noël Le Graët’s actions” and that these actions may have “undermined the victims’ dignity through vulgar remarks, in particular when M. Le Graët shows clear signs he is inebriated.” The investigation found that Le Graët once asked a young woman to specifically wear a skirt for a trip. He reportedly also carressed a young woman’s thigh during another trip despite being asked to stop. Testimonies also revealed that the 81-year-old explicitly suggested a threesome with two female coworkers at a dinner.
Radio France also revealed that Le Graët kept sending invitations to a player of the French women’s national team even after his first hearing with the government’s auditors on October 13. In conclusion, the FFF audit states that “considering his behavior towards women, his public statements and the failures of the governance of the FFF, Noël Le Graët no longer has the necessary legitimacy to administer and represent French football”.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval