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The Gallic Justice has opened an investigation against the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graëtfor the crimes of moral harassment and sexual harassmentafter he was suspended from his duties by the accusations of various women and for his controversial statements about Zinedine Zidane.
The Paris Prosecutor’s Office explained to EFE this Tuesday that the investigation it has launched is consequence of the elements communicated to him by the inspection services of the Department of Education and Sports.
These crimes are punishable in France with sentences of up to three years in prison and a €45,000 fine.
The Prosecutor’s Office did not give more details about the content of that communication, but it is public knowledge that the inspectors have received Testimonials from FFF employees about behaviors that could be assimilated to sexual harassmentand also from the soccer agent Sonia Sound.
In statements to the media, Souid had explained several embarrassing situations that he lived with Le Graët and complained that the president of the FFF saw her not as the professional she is, but “as two tits and an ass”.
On the 11th, the federation announced that removed him from his duties until the audit commissioned by the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, is made public. about the governance of the institution, and in particular about those accusations of sexual harassment.
Le Graët, who is 81 years old and has been in charge of the institution since 2011 (his term expired in 2024)was also involved in a strong controversy due to some statements to the RMC radio station on the 8th, when he was asked about Zidane in relation to the recent renewal of Didier Deschamps as France coach.
When he was raised with the possibility of Zidane opting to go train at another club or with another team, once Deschamps has been linked until 2026, he stated: “I don’t give a damn, let him go wherever he wants! He can go wherever he wants, to a club…”.
But it did not stay there. When asked if she had spoken with Zizou, he indicated that, if she had called him, “I would not have even picked up the phone.”
Although he later apologized, Le Graët was showered with criticism for the disdain with which he treated what is one of the greatest, if not the greatest figure in French football in all of history.
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