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FFF set to ask Le Gräet to step down

French Federation exec urged to step down following controversial comments against Zidane

January 10, 2023 By Oscar Rojas
The federation's Ethics' Committee believes that Noel Le Gräet is no longer fit to hold the role, which will see a motion being passed to remove him

The past few days have been quite turbulent for the president of the French Football Federation...and things could get way worse for him.

FFF president Noel Le Graët made quite a few headlines for his tasteless remarks about Zinedine Zidane after the player missed out one more time in his effort to become Les Bleus' boss. Le Graët decided to maintain Didier Deschamps at the helm despite losing the World Cup final against Argentina, and while most fans and experts agreed it was the right thing to do, his poor judgement and words for one of Les Bleus' icons prompted quite a few reactions against him.

One of those has come from the president of the FFF's National Ethics Council, Patrick Anton. Le Graët's words to RMC Sport about Zidane have raised serious questions about the president's capability to keep his job, which has prompted Anton to ask for his resignation.

"We urge the president of the French Football Federation to step down from his duties and resign from his job. We need to be strong but also calm, and unfortunately, we will not have that under his wing. We have to let our leaders know the rules that bind us together, and this time, our files show that he has gone over the line with this issue," Anton stated.

Patrick Anton went on further and urged thr FFF to take action against its president, since the entity's finances and success could be in jeopardy due to this controversy.

"We are not going to waste the good economic results by the FFF in recent years because of these statements that belong in the tabloids and not on the football section of a newspaper. President Le Graët's comments show he has lost clarity, and we need serenity to carry on. When he starts to talk, we do not know where he is going to end. He is a tired man, and ruling a Federation that has two million licenses means that you cant' go around and lose your cool and serenity like he does," Anton added.

The 81-year-old Le Graët was harshly criticized for stating in an interview that "he would not take Zidane's calls" regarding the position as France's coach. Added to that, the FFF president revealed he "did not care" if Zizou took the job with Brazil, as some rumors have said recently. While the exec has already apologized for those comments, the FFF planned an urgent meeting to decide if further actions will be taken against Le Graët, with all options being considered by members of the entity.

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