Control measures are taken after a newspaper investigation So Foot pointing to alleged dysfunctions within the French Football Federation. Its president, Noël Le Graët, was received this Friday, September 16 in the morning by the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
The Ministry of Sports decided on Friday, September 16 to initiate an audit and control mission within the French Football Federation after the publication by the magazine So Foot of an investigation pointing out many dysfunctions within the FFF.
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The magazine’s investigation, published on September 8, mentioned in particular, on the strength of anonymous testimonies, the sending of sexual SMS to employees of the FFF by President Noël Le Graët.
According to a source interviewed by So Foot, several women have reportedly resigned from the body in recent years because they felt “sexually harassed, but also morally”. The Federation reacted Thursday, after the meeting of its executive committee, by announcing the filing of a complaint “in defamation against the magazine So Foot because of the seriously defamatory accusations” of the article.
“An audit and control mission on the management of the Federation”
The ministry’s decision came after a meeting on Friday between Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera and Noël Le Graët at the ministry’s headquarters. “The Minister told them that she was going to initiate a mission from the General Inspectorate for Education, Sport and Research (IGESR) to audit and control the management of the Federation and compliance with the obligations that attached to it,” the sports ministry said in a statement.
“Noël Le Graët has undertaken to transmit to this mission, in the most complete transparency, all the reports produced in the recent period on the FFF and in particular those relating to its governance and its management”, added the ministry.
“The Minister recalled that it was imperative that the FFF continue its activities with absolute respect for all employees, regardless of their hierarchical level, and by actively monitoring the prevention and fight against all forms of discrimination and of violence, including sexist and sexual violence,” according to the statement.
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