Following a report from Nice-Matin, Nice’s public prosecutor Xavier Bonhomme has announced that legal investigations are being carried out following the allegations of racism against former OGC Nice manager Christophe Galtier. The current PSG head coach allegedly made racist and Islamophobic remarks relating to the ethnic make-up of the squad he was in charge of last season. Those remarks were revealed in a leaked email from last year attributed to former Nice director Julien Fournier.
Galtier, through his lawyer, has refuted the allegations “in the strongest terms“. Furthermore, the former Lille manager’s legal representative will submit three legal complaints to the Paris public prosecutor by the start of next week. One will be for libel, against Fournier as well as Romain Molina – who first revealed the email on Tuesday night in a video – and RMC’s Daniel Riolo, who confirmed Molina’s initial report later in the evening.
This Friday, a legal proceedings were opened in Nice for the counts of “discrimination in the workplace in terms of ethnicity or religious affiliation.” Searches were carried out in particular at the club’s headquarters, which according to Nice-Matin were probably aimed at finding the email exchanges. The Nice prosecutor’s office explained that it initiated this investigation and did not wait for a possible complaint to seize the judicial police.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval