Noel Le Graet resigns as FFF president

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Noel Le Graet has resigned as president of the French football federation.

French football federation president Noel Le Graet has step down from the position as Vice-president Philippe Diallo will act as interim.

His decision to step down comes after an audit was commissioned by the country’s sports ministry last September in response to a magazine article which alleged Le Graet harassed several of the federation’s female employees.

The FFF confirmed that the 81-year-old Le Graet, who has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, had quit his post in a release published on Tuesday morning.

Vice-president Philippe Diallo will act as interim until June 10, when the next federal assembly takes place, the FFF said.

Le Graet had been suspended since January. It has been reported that the audit, by France’s General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research, concluded he should not return because his behaviour was ‘incompatible’ with his function as president.

He has also faced criticism for comments he made about Zinedine Zidane.

Le Graet was last month asked whether he had considered the former France star as a successor to Les Bleus head coach Didier Deschamps, but told French television channel RMC Sports he would not even have taken Zidane’s call. Le Graet later issued an apology.

 

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