Noël Le Graët does not intend to resign as French FA president

RMC Sport report this afternoon that FFF president Noël Le Graët has no intention of resigning, despite having stepped back from his duties and being the subject of a preliminary investigation into alleged bullying and sexual harassment, after auditors mandated by the French government passed on evidence to the authorities. Those around him, though, are trying to convince the 81-year-old to step down.

After agreeing to step back from the presidency after a meeting with the FFF’s executive board, Le Graët had gone on holiday with his wife to Martinique for 10 days. He has continued to deny all allegations of sexual harassment – footbal agent Sonia Souid notably came forward last month, accusing him of inappropriate advances.

Now back in Paris, Noël Le Graët continues to drop by at the FFF headquarters to “make sure the shop is still running despite his stepping back” according to an internal source contacted by RMC, even if Philippe Diallo is now acting president and is in charge of the various items to address.

Those close to him describe him as calm but “sad” and aware that “this is the end”, while his wife and two daughters are trying to convince him to step down. He has no intention for the time being, and along with his lawyers is preparing his response to the damning initial conclusions of the audit, which he has until February 13 to submit. An executive board meeting is due to take place on February 9, while another is scheduled for when the definitive conclusions are released, at which point the president’s situation will be decided on.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin 

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