Le Graët case: the French Federation of football ties and defamation of So Foot magazine

Le Graet case the French Federation of football ties and


The French (Site notre blog d’information) Federation (FFF) in an announcement, Thursday September 15, 2022, in a press release having decided to file “a defamation complaint” against the magazine So (Site notre blog d’information) “due to the seriously defamatory accusations contained in its edition of September 8, 2022 » .

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The FFF does not indicate which specific elements contained in the investigation of So (Site notre blog d’information) it decided to file a complaint. The monthly had notably published, on the strength of anonymous testimonies, three extracts from undated SMS which would not have been addressed to current or past collaborators of the FFF and which would have been sent by the president of the FFF Noël Le Graët.

According to a source interviewed by So (Site notre blog d’information), several women have resigned from the body in recent years because they felt « sexually harassed, but also morally » at the be of the FFF.

Le Graët summoned by the Minister of Sports

Since the publication of this article, Noël Le Graët has been invited to « a moment of change » Friday September 16, 2022 with the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

According to an internal source at the Federation, the decision to file a defamation complaint against So (Site notre blog d’information) was taken after a meeting of the executive committee of the FFF during which the subject was raised.

An explosive item

The So (Site notre blog d’information) article more generally pinpoints the management but also the personality of the 80-year-old Breton leader, in office since 2011 and re-elected in 2021, and the conflicts around the divisive general manager Florence Hardouin.

Since the publication of this survey, the FFF, questioned by AFP, had remained completely silent.

In an interview with L’Equipe on Tuesday, Noël Le Graët had however declared that he had « No intention of quitting at all. » « I have a clear, nice and precise intention to go about my mandate, until 2024 », he had explained.

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