The campaign for the presidency of the French Football Federation takes a funny turn. After the statements of certain personalities in the world of sport who have denied being part of the list of supporters for Frédéric Thiriez, the latter accuses Noël le Graët, without naming him, of having put pressure on these big names.
We knew them to be the best enemies in this race for the presidency of the FFF, but this final stretch towards the election scheduled for March 13 is deteriorating between Frédéric Thiriez and Noël Le Graët. Charges of all kinds used for several years in politics seem to have entered the world of football.
After being let go by several sportsmen that he claimed to be supporters, Frédéric Thiriez aimed without naming him, the current president candidate for his own succession: “Since the entry into the campaign of my competitor, (…) several personalities have let me know that they have suffered threats of all kinds”, assured the former boss of the League on his Twitter account.
In this same publication, Frédéric Thiriez explains that his support has been known for several months: “Personalities from the world of culture, sportspeople, people involved in public life wished to support my candidacy (…) directly or via my campaign team. The list of these personalities has been online since December “, according to the former lawyer. Among them, Yannick Noah, Gérard Depardieu, Ladji Doucouré, Soprano and Tony Parker.
But in recent days, some of them have been cracking messages on social networks to detach themselves from Frédéric Thiriez, claiming never to have given him the slightest support. Tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whose first name had even been scratched, basketball star Tony Parker or Ladji Doucouré have denied being on this list.
Faced with this wave of protest, the candidate for the presidency of the FFF decided to remove this list on Monday February 15. “I don’t want to expose those on my support committee to more trouble or endless phone calls because they wanted to be. “, he wrote in his press release.
The rest of this campaign promises to be the most tense between Thiriez and Le Graët. The first threatens to take this case to court, still without naming the second. “Let those who have done this dirty work rather spend their time writing a real program for football, (…) which is currently experiencing a real disaster. I reserve the right to bring these actions the legal consequences they deserve, he said before concluding. Football, like society, has its rules. “ Here is the president of the FFF warned.