11:38 a.m., January 09, 2023
This Sunday evening, the president of the FFF caused controversy with inappropriate comments about Zinédine Zidane. When Noël Le Graët was asked about the possible arrival of the 1998 world champion at the head of Brazil, he declared that he had “nothing to shake it”. A statement that caused an outcry, especially on social networks.
“Unacceptable!”, Title this Monday morning the newspaper The Team about Noël Le Graët. This time, the boat may be full. Sunday evening, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) literally came out of his hinges on the Zidane case. However, the weekend had started well with the renewal on Saturday of Didier Deschamps at the head of the Blues but on Sunday, the unthinkable exit from the road on the Zidane case caused a lot of talk. Has the president of the FFF gone too far?
“Above Ground Statements”
“I have nothing to shake”, statement signed Noël Le Graët who responded to rumors about an arrival of Zinedine Zidane at the head of the Brazil team. The former Real Madrid manager has long been heralded as Deschamps’ natural successor. The president of the FFF did not rule out this option. This is why his remarks are surprising.
Especially since he adds, “if Zidane tried to reach me, certainly not, I wouldn’t even have taken him on the phone”. Immediate condemnation within the France team from Kylian Mbappé: “Zidane, It’s France. We don’t disrespect the legend like that,” wrote the Blues striker on Twitter.
Zidane is France, we don’t disrespect the legend like that… ♂️
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 8, 2023
The Minister of Sports also went there with her tackle on social networks. “Statements off the ground again.” She demands an apology from the president. The word “president”, which she writes in quotation marks.
Statements again above ground with the added bonus this time of a shameful lack of respect, which offends us all, to a legend of football and sport: a “president” of the first sports federation in France should not say that.
Apologies for this too much word about Z.Zidane please. https://t.co/FUdE76nBz0
— Amelie Oudea-Castera (@AOC1978) January 8, 2023
Noël Le Graët finds himself in turmoil more than ever. He also meets the minister on Tuesday as part of the audit launched on the management of the French Federation.