French Football Federation (FFF) Under Investigation Over Alleged Sexual Harassment
The French Football Federation (FFF) has been confirmed to be under investigation following alleged sexual harassment claims.
The French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera according to the Athletic and Telegraph, has ordered a full investigation into the French Football Federation (FFF) following the claims of sexual harassment and assault have been levelled against the organization’s president Noel Le Graet.
According to the Athletic, the French Sports minister, Oudea-Castera, had met with Le Graet, the accused, today, Friday, September 16, 2022, to discuss the allegations against him.
The athletic also stated:
During the meeting, it was announced both La Graet and Hardouin spoke about the reasons why the federation was going to file a complaint for defamation against So Foot magazine, who published a six-page investigation earlier this month quoting comments from former and current employees anonymously, and inappropriate text messages that Le Graet allegedly sent to women.
An official statement was released by the office of the French sports minister and it read:
“imperative that the FFF continue its activities with absolute respect for all employees, regardless of their hierarchical level, and by actively monitoring the prevention and fight against all forms of discrimination and violence, particularly gender-based and sexual.
Even more than the others, the FFF, the leading federation in France with its two million licenses, invested by the State with a public service mission for a sport practised at all ages and in all territories with its 15,000 clubs, has a duty to set an example in terms of ethics and sporting and societal integrity”.
La Graet, 80, has said he will comply with the mission with all recent reports about the FFF “in the most complete transparency”.