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Following Zidane’s remarks, French Football manager facing backlash

FFF president disrespects Zidane when a question is asked related to the rumor of Zidane linking with Brazil as a coach.

Paris, 12 January 2023 (GNP): French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet disrespected French association football manager Zinedine Zidane when asked by RMC if he is not managing any team, he may be able to coach a team like Brazil.

In response, the FFF president said Zidane could do whatever he wanted and would never pick up a call from Zidane if he tried to contact him to coach France.

“He does whatever he wants, it does not concern me. I never met with him and FFF never wants to depart from Deschamps. He can go where he like, a big team, a national team…. Did he contact me? Certainly not, I would not even pick his phone.”

Didier Deschamps (left) and Noel Le Graet (Right).
Didier Deschamps (left) and Noel Le Graet (Right).


FFF has the extended contract of Didier Deschamps, head coach, and led France to two consecutive World Cup Finals. Zidane is the favorite to replace him.

Zidane has had a phenomenal time as a coach. He has won three consecutive Champion leagues with Real Madrid. Now unemployed after leaving Madrid last year and is the favorite to replace Deschamps as French coach. He also played two ‘World Cup Finals’ for France and won one final too.

He also wins the 2000 European Championship with France in his career as a player. He played in Real Madrid for five years, where he won the Champions League.

The French forward, Kylian Mbappé, twitted in favor of Zidane. He twitted,  “Zidane is France; we don’t disrespect the legend like that…”

French sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra slam Le Graët over his interview with RMC. She asked Le Graët publicly apologize to Zidane in her tweet.

Her tweet translates as, “Statements again above ground with the bonus, this time of a shameful lack of respect, which offends us all, to a legend of football and sport: a “president” of the first sports federation in France should not say that.”

“Apologies for this too much word about Z.Zidane, please.” She further twitted.