Noel Le Graet, president of the national ethics committee of the French Football Federation (FFF), has been urged to resign from his position. Patrick Anton made the statements on Tuesday, one day after Le Graet apologized to former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane for remarks he had made about the Frenchman that had angered players, officials, and the Spanish club. Didier Deschamps' contract was extended after he guided the side to the World Cup final, where they lost to Argentina last month. Didier Deschamps was one of the front-runners to replace him as France's manager.
Le Graet responded to a question about Zidane, a national hero and World Cup champion with France in 1998, managing Brazil's national team by saying, "I don't give a damn, he can go anywhere he wants." Le Graet has made comments that demonstrate he has lost part of his clarity," Anton told the French publication L'Equipe. He is a man who needs to move on and is worn out.
While we certainly do not intend to take the case to a disciplinary committee, we can only ask the president of the federation to resign in the best interests of football. Kylian Mbappe, a striker for France, had earlier expressed his displeasure with Le Graet's remarks on Twitter, writing: "Zidane is France, we don't disrespect the legacy like that." Amelie Oudea-Castera, France's Minister for Sports, was one of many politicians who responded to Le Graet's comments, stating the head of the nation's "largest athletic association" had crossed a limit.
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