This is not the first time this season that Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), has been invited to discuss racism in football.
In September, it was about reacting to the controversy arising from the Neymar - Alvaro incident during PSG - Marseille.
The boss of the FFF then blurted out on BFM Business: “When a black scores a goal, the whole stadium is standing.
The racist phenomenon in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist or hardly exists.
In a long interview published this Tuesday on the site of So Foot, which ends up turning into confrontation, Noël Le Graët takes up an argument which, in September, had notably led to a demonstration of SOS Racism in front of the headquarters of the Federation and the indignant reaction of several football personalities such as Basile Boli or Patrick Vieira.
"My secretary, go see her skin color"
“Of course there is racism, a little in the whole population, but football is perhaps the sport that brings people together the most, he assures first of all.
And by far.
And look at our national teams: the hopes, the under-19s, the under-17s, or our training centers, we are welcoming, and fortunately.
Released on the fact that racism does not seem a subject for the authorities of French football, Noël Le Graët answers one of the two journalists of So Foot: "Wait, I am a company manager, I have employees. , never ... Even here, my secretary, check out his skin color.
And the manager I just hired, a Diallo.
This last sentence is the title of the interview.
"I don't care what they (the RN) said"
In September, Dominique Sopo, the president of SOS Racisme, had already reacted to the words of the president of the 3F: "I think that Noël Le Graët is a person who has a form of tolerance to racism which makes him say, moreover, that , when you are
, you are not a victim of racism since you are applauded when you score a goal. We are all the same on remarks which are worthy of the sketch of Thierry Le Luron:
I am not racist, my dog is black
. We are really in another era. We have a person who says that you have to be happy when you are black to be applauded when you score a goal! I think that, there, we are really in something shameful as a type of comment and in an underestimation of what amounts to a crime ”.
In addition, in his interview with So Foot, Noël Le Graët confirms his words about the choice of a song by rapper Youssoupha to accompany the presentation clip of the list of 26 Blues selected for the Euro. "It was our young employees in the sales department who had this idea (…) I believe that we should not have done it", he confided to us at the end of May. A position that had again surprised at a time when the representatives of the National Rally had seized the subject to make a controversy linked to the personality of the artist.
Asked by So Foot to know if he regretted the timing of his remarks coming after those of Jordan Bardella on Youssoupha ("I think we gave in to a scum part of France), Le Graët retorts:" I do not know what they said (Editor's note: RN policies), I don't care. The decision was taken here (Editor's note: at the Federation). I do not know where you are going to get this, there was never any question that it would be the anthem of the France team during the competition. (…) There is no problem with regard to the singer, even if he supposedly had words in the past that were not very pleasant for France, I have been told. said. (…) So for me, non-event, the case is closed. "