France’s Amateur Football president calls for resignation of Noël Le Graët

In an interview with L’Equipe, France’s Amateur Football League president and French Football Federation (FFF) Executive Committee member Vincent Nolorgues has called for the resignation of FFF president Noël Le Graët. The 81-year-old has stepped back from his duties since an extraordinary FFF Executive Committee meeting. The FFF chief was the subject of a government-mandated audit in the wake of an investigation by So Foot regarding the management of the organisation, also highlighting several instances of alleged sexual harassment on the part of Le Graët. The audit’s final report states that the latter “no longer has the necessary legitimacy to manage and represent French football.

On February 28, the FFF Executive Committee will convene and it is expected that several board members will call for the resignation of Le Graët on that day. Vincent Nolorgues, France’s Amateur Football League president, made no mystery of his intentions. “At some point, even if we can judge that his behavior is due to age and perhaps not having followed the evolution of society, we must protect the institution“, Nolorgues said. “Noël Le Graët must resign.” According to Nolorgues, if the 81-year-old Breton does not resign, he will be revoked or subjected to the FFF’s disciplinary committee.

I speak on the behalf of many football leagues executives. Amateur football wants change and the departure of Noël Le Graët, by all accounts“, concludes Nolorgues who suggests that Le Graët is understanding that, by staying, the whole of the FFF is going straight into the wall, and that the organisation must be protected.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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