French Minister calls on Noël Le Graët to apologise ove comments on Zinédine Zidane

France’s Minister for Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra has reacted tonight to FFF president Noël Le Graët’s comments regarding Zinédine Zidane’s links with the French national team job, following Didier Deschamps’ extension.

The French football chief stated in an interview on RMC that he “does not give a toss” about the Ballon d’Or winner’s future career plans, before adding that had the ex-Real Madrid coach reached out to him over the phone he would not have answered him.

Oudéa-Castéra commented on Le Graët’s remarks on Twitter, in the latest chapter of a public war of words between the two:

“Yet more out-of-touch comments, and on top of that a shameful lack of respect, which hurts us all, towards a legend of football and sport as a whole: the “president” of the biggest sporting federation in France should not be saying that. Excuses for this comment on Z. Zidane which was over the line, please.”

The organisation headed by Noël Le Graët is currently the subject of an audit called for by Oudéa-Castéra, notably in the wake of claims stemming from investigations carried out by So Foot regarding alleged harassment and governance issues within the FFF. The article alleges that Le Graët sent inappropriate messages towards female colleagues, accusations which he himself completely denies.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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