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Le Graët reaffirms its authority over French soccer

The comparability, a bit simple, typically returns within the portraits of Breton on the head of French soccer. Noël Le Graët (78 years outdated) seems like a "menhir". And the president of the French Soccer Federation (FFF) has once more confirmed that you simply don't transfer a megalith simply. Wednesday, Might 27, the chief committee (comex) of the federation thus buried the concept of ​​a transition from Ligue 2 from 20 to 22 groups. In latest days, Mr. Le Graët had made it clear that he would invite the comex to veto the choice handed on Might 20 by the Skilled Soccer League (LFP).

The 40 golf equipment of the elite had then adopted, by a small majority (57%), an distinctive enlargement to 22 golf equipment permitting to avoid wasting the relegables, Le Mans (19e) and Orleans (20e), whereas welcoming the graduates from Pau (1er Nationwide) and Dunkirk (2e from Nationwide). It was a query of making an allowance for the brutal cease of the season and the state of affairs of Le Mans, relegated to the distinction in targets in comparison with Niort, 18e.

However the president of the FFF (in workplace since 2011) didn’t wish to permit a precedent. In spite of everything, Ligue 1 and the assorted newbie championships have additionally seen their season come to an abrupt finish with ups and downs. And subsequently sad. Apart from, Amiens and Toulouse (19e and 20e in Ligue 1) have already seized the Council of State to contest their relegation and plead for an elite at 22 subsequent season. To present cause to Ligue 2 would have legitimized this step and Mr. Le Graët particularly didn’t want it.

A brand new snub for the LFP

For the LFP, this choice has a complete new fluff. Divided between two unions of presidents and the divergent pursuits of its members, it didn’t weigh (or wished to weigh) with a view to permit the seasons of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to renew, as is already the case in Germany and shortly in Spain. Mr. Le Graët, he all the time pleaded to cease and was capable of be heard. The 2 championships are nevertheless, in concept, beneath the duty of the League, however the former industrialist is just not a boss of federation just like the others.

Political finish, the socialist mayor of Guingamp between 1995 and 2008 simply floats within the present cacophony of French skilled soccer

When his predecessors, like Fernand Duchaussoy or Jean-Pierre Escalettes, had been despised by an expert world which noticed in them courageous leaders from the newbie world with whom they only needed to deal, Le Graët is aware of the store reverse . He was the historic president of En avant Guingamp, competed within the European Cup and led the LFP between 1991 and 2000. On the time, he was one of many few to dare to assault a Bernard Tapie then Almighty President of Olympique de Marseille.

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