Retired President of the French Federation: I want to slap myself because of Zidane!
Noel Le Grieux, the former President of the French Football Federation, who resigned a few hours ago, expressed remorse for his remarks in which he insulted the legendary Duke Zinedine Zidane.
And Le Jarre admitted his mistake towards Zidane, confirming in an interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe: “What I said was inappropriate.”
Noel explained the reason for his recklessness towards Zizou, explaining: “I was just returning to Paris, and it was the third journalist who asked me about Zidane. I was friendly with the first and second journalists, but I don’t remember the third because it was a phone call.”
And he continued: “I acted unwisely, I could slap myself for what I said, I should never have said that, but I immediately apologized.”
Le Gré has been criticized for his remarks about French football legend Zinedine Zidane, winner of the 1998 World Cup, which upset players, politicians and the player’s fans.
And Le Gré mocked Zidane after renewing Didier Deschamps’ contract as France coach until 2026, after the end of the 2022 World Cup.
Le Gré responded to a question about him by saying: “Zinedine Zidane, I wouldn’t even answer the phone to tell him what? Hello sir, don’t worry, look for another club. I have reached an agreement with Deschamps.”
On January 16, 2023, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against the businessman for moral and sexual harassment, following the testimony of the business agent of several French players, Sonya Svid, which was heard by the auditors of the General Inspectorate for Education, Sports and Research.
Le Graet has been President of the French Football Federation since 2011, during which he has led French football to many achievements.
In his era, the French team managed to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reach the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and also win the 2021 European Nations League.