Emmanuel Macron contacts Michel Platini over FFF Presidency

According to RMC, French president Emmanuel Macron has taken matters into his own hands in the wake of the backlash following FFF President Noël Le Graët’s dismissive comments on Zinedine Zidane. Per journalist Daniel Riolo, the president has enquired about three-time Ballon d’Or winner Michel Platini’s interest in the position.

This enquiry comes after the FFF president’s comments about Zinédine Zidane and accusations of sexual harassment. While the French legend is officially “retired” the report claims he may not be against a return to football. Riolo explained, “He is a man who is injured, who does not know if he wants to return to football or not. His entourage tells him ‘not too much’, he doesn’t know. In any case, more often than not he says ‘no’ rather than ‘yes’. But personally, I have the feeling that the door is not completely closed.” He also stated he believes the former UEFA President may be open to the new role. 

Le Graët’s position looks increasingly untenable after more than a decade in the role. The French President reaching out to the former Saint-Étienne midfielder may signal his opinion on what should happen to the FFF President, all the while extending the olive branch to Platini in the event Le Graët is dismissed or resigns. 

GFFN | Tony DesRois 

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