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“For the president of the Federation, I was just two bitches and an ass”

Attacks on Noël le Grae continue from all sides. The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) caused widespread displeasure after his words about Zinedine Zidane.

During an interview with French media, Le Grae said that Zidane was not at all on the radar of the selection of the national team coach and there is no need for speculation on this topic.

“If Zidane had tried to contact me, I wouldn’t have picked up the phone,” he said. “Should I make him a special program to find a club or a national team?”

Some of his words were recorded outside the official interview, and Le Grae certainly did not want them to become public knowledge.

A number of big figures in French football jumped to Zidane’s defense, including Kylian Mbappe and Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera. Real Madrid also reacted with a statement on their official website against Le Grae’s words.

The public dissatisfaction made the president of the FFF immediately apologize for his words. “I would like to personally apologize for these comments. They do not reflect my position in any way,” Le Grae said.

A day later, however, his name was involved in a new scandal. French football agent Sonia Swed spoke to French media about her unpleasant meeting with the president. At the time of the meeting, Swed, currently one of the leading names in women’s football, was still a fledgling agent and was offered by Le Grae to help her start her professional journey.

“In September 2014, he (Le Grae) called me and told me how brilliant I was and that I managed to do incredible things; he wanted to introduce me to Bridget Enrique (former vice president of the FFF, and in 2021 she became the first female president of the French Olympic Committee) – the highest-ranking woman in the FFF. He invited me to meet him in his apartment in Paris – says Swed to “Team”. –

He said he does it often and it’s more comfortable for him that way, so it’s nice to agree. I was then 28 years old, a young agent, and he is the president of the FFF. It was normal for me to show him respect. But I later realized that he never saw me as an agent, but as just another pretty girl. To put it even more vulgarly – for him I was just two tits and an ass.

When we arrived at the apartment, he had already prepared two glasses of champagne. I was waiting for Brigitte Enrique, but she never came, when he said to me: “You know what – we don’t need her. If you and I become close enough, I can help you make your dreams come true.” I didn’t even touch the glass, I was terrified that there might be more than champagne in it… At the time, we all heard so many similar stories.

Then he started texting me with texts like: “I miss you” and similar…”

Sweed added to BFMTV: “He has a very seductive demeanor. He is very confident in himself in any situation and believes that everything is allowed to him. When he speaks, it is as if he imagines that he is a king and the Federation is his kingdom And who are we in this situation?

My president has let me down. He should be an example for everyone, and he isn’t.”

And a little more about communication with Le Grae and naughty text messages: “He doesn’t like to write. More calls. I have saved voicemails from him and several text messages like: “Are you free tomorrow night? I insist on seeing you.” In 2017, the most naughty message arrived: “Sonya, I’m opening a third bottle, for the fourth you should be here…”

I get mad again when I think about all this because it’s disrespectful. He wants me to go to his apartment after the third bottle. For what? It’s insulting when you make such offers to a woman who has set out to build a career.”

Noel Le Grae has been at the helm of the French Football Federation since 2011, having previously been its vice-president for six years. However, his days at the helm of the Federation appear to be numbered.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been left “shocked” and “disappointed” by the scandal surrounding Zidane’s name and the revelations about le Grae’s indecent proposals.

“Team” adds that Macron’s favorite for the post of Le Grae is the legend of France and former head of UEFA Michel Platini.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner led European football’s governing body from January 2007 until December 2015, when he was forced to step down amid corruption and ethics scandals surrounding then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

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As well as possible corruption in the selection of Russia and Qatar to host the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 respectively, Blatter has been accused of transferring two million dollars to Platini’s account, with neither of them able to explain the origin of the money or what it was paid for.

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