RMC Sport reports this afternoon that the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, has no intention of resigning, although he has resigned from his position and is the subject of a preliminary investigation for intimidation and alleged sexual harassment, after auditors commissioned by the French government passed on evidence to the authorities. However, those around him are trying to convince the 81-year-old to resign.
After agreeing to step down from the presidency after a meeting with the FFF executive board, Le Graët went on vacation with his wife to Martinique for 10 days. He has continued to deny all allegations of sexual harassment – football agent Sonia Souid notably came forward last month, accusing him of inappropriate advances.
Now back in Paris, Noël Le Graët continues to go to the FFF headquarters to “ensure that the store is still running despite its decline” according to an internal source contacted by RMC, even if Philippe Diallo is now acting president and is in charge of the various points to be dealt with.
Those close to him describe him as calm but “sad” and aware that “this is the end”, as his wife and two daughters try to convince him to resign. He does not intend to do so for the moment and is preparing with his lawyers his response to the first damning conclusions of the audit, which he has until February 13 to submit. A meeting of the board of directors must take place on February 9, while another is scheduled when the final conclusions are published, when the situation of the president will be decided.