A report concluding a five-month administrative investigation into the management of the French Football Federation has found that its president, Noël Le Graët, repeatedly sent sexually explicit phone text messages to female staff, that his “offensive” comments “may be accentuated by the excessive consumption of alcohol,” and that he oversaw a “sexist and violent” atmosphere within the federation. Sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra has called on the 81-year-old to resign amid the latest of several scandals that have rocked the world of sport in France. Youmni Kezzouf reports.
Noël Le Graët, 81, the head of the French football federation who was this month forced to take leave from his post pending the outcome of an administrative inquiry into his alleged misconduct, has been formally placed under investigation in a judicial probe into his suspected sexual harassment of a football agent.
The 81-year-old had been fighting a rearguard action to keep his job since Sunday following disparaging comments made during a radio interview on the French broadcaster RMC about the former France international Zinedine Zidane.
French football federation president Noël Le Graët had said that he "wouldn't even have taken his call" if former French star Zinedine Zidane turned manager had been in touch about running the national team.