Noël Le Graët was withdrawn from the presidency of the French Football Federation at the end of the Executive Committee held this Wednesday at the Paris headquarters of the institution.
During his hearing before the members of the committee, the Breton indicated that he had "asked for a meeting" with Zinédine Zidane to explain himself to him on the remarks made on Sunday on the RMC antenna.
He apologized to us for these remarks which he did not mean.
He is aware of what Zidane represents for French and world football.
He recognized a communication error
, ”said Eric Borghini, president of the Mediterranean League and member of the Comex on BFM TV.
The media release of Le Graët on the radio had caused an outcry due to inappropriate remarks concerning the Zidane icon.
I wouldn't even have taken it on the phone
", he had dropped about "Zizou", considered the n°1 option at the head of the France team in the event of non-renewal of Didier Deschamps , finally extended on Saturday until 2026. “
To tell him what?
Hello sir, don't worry, look for another club, I just agreed with Didier?
To a question about Brazil's supposed interest in the former No. 10 of the 1998 world champions and 2000 European champions, he added: "
I don't care, he can go where he wants, in a club, he would have as many as he wants in Europe, a big club.
I would like to apologize for these remarks which absolutely do not reflect my thoughts, nor my consideration for the player he was and the coach he has become
", reacted the next day the boss of French football.