Why did Noël Le Graët apologize to Zidane?
This Sunday, January 8, on the set of RMC, the President of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, made derogatory remarks against the 1998 World Champion
That was on the Bartoli Time show. The 81-year-old French president says he doesn’t care if Zinedine Zidane can lead the Brazilian team. This happens in the context where Didier Deschamps has extended his coaching contract until 2026. Without being a coach of great genius, his sporting record after the World Cup in Qatar put him in a very favorable position to take up the coveted post of coach. As for the rivals, public opinion thought of Zinedine Zidane, who was long awaited.
Noël Le Graët said at RMC’s microphone in relation to the Brazilian manager’s position: “I would be surprised if he went there. He does what he wants, it’s none of my business. (…) I don’t care, he can go where he wants, in one club he would have as many as he wants in Europe, a big club. A choice, I hardly believe it, as far as I’m concerned. » Slightly dismissive and aggressive remarks towards the ’98 world champion. He then added that he didn’t want to contact him: ‘Certainly not. I wouldn’t even pick him up on the phone. A false fascism for the president of the federation because we cannot make such a remark with a legend of football. Even the new football favorite Kilian Mbappe reacted to this insult on Twitter.
Apologies were due
The pressure was too great. After the tweet from mbappeit’s Amélie Oudéa-Castera, the sports minister and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, who reacted vehemently, as well as other famous football players such as Franck Ribéry or Djibril Cissé. NLG therefore apologized and explained that it was a “misunderstanding”. RMC are accused of creating controversy by pitting Zidane against Didier Deschamps. The President has made amends, he said “wanted to point out that Zidane has the opportunity to go where he wants. That all options are open to him. » Regarding its mandate, NLG will end its presidency in 2024 and is currently evaluating who will take the reins of the French Football Federation.