FFF President Le Graet under investigation for sexual harassment
FFF President Noel Le Graet faces an investigation into sexual harassment following claims made by a female football agent.
The President of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noel Le Graet, has been placed under investigation for sexual harassment, prosecutors told AFP on Tuesday.
The probe was opened on Monday after football agent Sonia Souid made accusations against Le Graet just weeks after France were beaten by Argentina in the World Cup final.
"He very clearly said to me in his apartment that if I wanted him to help me, I had to let him have his way with me," claimed Souid, who gave interviews to sports daily L'Equipe and radio station RMC.
Le Graet has been President of the FFF since 2011 but was forced to step down last week pending the outcome of an audit of the federation performed by France's Sports Ministry. However, the 81-year-old is still officially recognized as president by the world governing body FIFA.
In recent weeks, Le Graet had faced calls to resign, including from Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera, after what he admitted were "clumsy remarks" about Zinedine Zidane's potential interest in coaching the French national team.
In an interview for RMC, Le Graet said he "wouldn't even have taken his call" when asked whether Zidane, a World Cup winner as a player and an all-time France great, had rung him to express an interest in taking over as coach from Didier Deschamps.
Deschamps, who led France to World Cup glory in 2018 and oversaw their run to last month's final, recently signed a new contract to stay as coach until 2026.
Le Graet, whose mandate runs until 2024, has been replaced on an interim basis by Vice President Philippe Diallo.