After the publication of a survey of the magazine SoFoot pointing out numerous dysfunctions within the French Football Federation (FFF), the Ministry of Sports announced on Friday that it was going to hire “a mission of the General Inspectorate for Education, Sport and Research (IGESR) to audit and control the management of the Federation and compliance with the obligations attached to it”.
The investigation of SoFootpublished on September 8, mentioned in particular, on the strength of anonymous testimonies, the sending of sexual SMS to employees of the FFF by President Noël Le Graët, who did not wish to raise the subject in an interview granted at The Team tuesday.
The ministry’s decision came after a meeting on Friday between the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, and Noël Le Graët at the ministry’s headquarters. Florence Hardouin, the director general of the FFF, was also present during this interview.
“The Minister recalled that it was imperative that the FFF continue its activities with absolute respect for all employees”
“Noël Le Graët undertook to transmit to this mission, in the most complete transparency, all the reports produced in the recent period on the FFF and in particular those relating to its governance and its management, said the Ministry of Sports in a press release. The Minister recalled that it was imperative that the FFF continue its activities with absolute respect for all employees, whatever their hierarchical level, and by actively monitoring the prevention and fight against all forms of discrimination and violence, particularly gender-based and sexual. »
According to a source interviewed by So Foot, several women have resigned from the body in recent years because they felt “sexually harassed, but also morally”. The Federation reacted Thursday, after the meeting of its executive committee, by announcing the filing of a complaint “in defamation against the magazine So Foot because of the seriously defamatory imputations” of the item.