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The president of the French Football Federation resigned amid a controversy over alleged cases of sexual harassment

Noël Graët, former president of the FFF.

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The president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, resigned on Tuesday involved in a series of scandals, in particular because of accusations of sexual harassment, which had made staying in office untenable.

The resignation of Le Graët, who is 81 years old and had been in office for eleven, was leaked by various means, and became official during a meeting of the executive committee of the FFF in Paris.

The former president had been removed from his responsibilities at the helm of the federation since on January 11 due to strong pressure against him. The triggering element then was an interview with a radio station in which mocked Zinedine Zidane.

In addition, on the 30th an inspection report commissioned by the Ministry of Sports on the management of the FFF was published in which a “sexist and violent environment” was denouncedas well as other “dysfunctions” and, above all, it was insisted that Le Graët let the situation get worse.

The conclusion of the drafters of that document is that no longer had “the necessary legitimacy to manage and represent French football”among other things because of “a problematic attitude” towards women who “It can be described as sexist at the very least.”

Despite everything, after his resignation it is expected that Le Graët questions all these accusations and launch a defense operation, in the media and legal fields.

On an interim basis, he will be Vice President, Philippe Diallo, who will assume the reins of the FFF, as he has been doing since January 11.

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