An investigation was opened on Monday for “moral harassment” and “sexual harassment” targeting the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday, January 17. The investigations were entrusted to the brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP).
A report from the General Inspectorate for Education, Sport and Research (IGESR) was made on January 13.
The report for “sexist contempt” had been made to the public prosecutor of Paris after the testimony of Sonia Souid, agent of several French internationals, collected by the auditors of the IGESR.
Agent Sonia Souid publicly denounced, to the daily The Team and on RMC, the behavior considered sexist of the one who has chaired the FFF since 2011.
“He told me face to face, in his apartment, very clearly, that if I wanted him to help me, I had to go to the pan”, she said. Referring to her past professional relationship with the boss of French football, she explains that she had the feeling “that each time, the only thing that interests him, and I apologize for speaking vulgarly, are my two breasts and my ass”.
Noël Le Graët, under pressure for several days, was “withdrawn” of the presidency of the federation by the executive committee, meeting on January 11 in extraordinary session. It is now Philippe Diallo, 59, until then vice-president of the FFF and boss for thirty years of the Union of Professional Football Clubs (UCPF), who will have the heavy responsibility of ensuring the interim until to the comex following the publication of the audit report, scheduled for the end of January.