The Noël Le Graët case risks taking a legal turn.
According to information from Le Monde that we are able to confirm, the president of the French Football Federation, withdrawn by the executive committee of the FFF on Wednesday, was informed on Friday by the general inspection of education, sport and Research (IGESR), responsible for conducting an audit at the Federation, that a report to the justice concerning him was going to be made under article 40 of the code of criminal procedure.
This article requires civil servants to report crimes or misdemeanors of which they become aware in the performance of their duties to the courts.
According to the evening daily, it was the hearing of agent Sonia Souid, Monday, January 9, which led the inspectors to report to the Paris public prosecutor facts likely to be criminally reprehensible, in this case for "sexist insult".
Sonia Souid had given several interviews, to L'Equipe and BFM, in which she said that she had been the target of advances from Noël Le Graët.
Still according to Le Monde, after this hearing, the inspectors heard from former employees of the FFF as well as its general manager Florence Hardouin, who has since been laid off, who brought to their attention new elements against the president of the Federation. , 81 years old and in turmoil for several weeks.
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Auditioned twice by the inspection, the last on Tuesday, the former president of Guingamp has always denied having had the slightest inappropriate behavior towards women.
He swore it again, on the heads of the members of the Comex, on Wednesday, even though testimonies of two women, published by Le Parisien, depicted a character "twisted, contemptuous and unscrupulous".
The provisional report of the inspection must be returned at the end of January, the final version being expected on the desk of the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra in mid-February.
It is on the basis of this document that the executive committee of the FFF and its interim president Philippe Diallo must decide on the future of Noël Le Graët.
Who could well, after the triggering of article 40, also be played in court.