Kylian Mbappe appears to call out French Football Federation president for Zinedine Zidane ‘disrespect’
France and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe appears to have gone after French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet’s for “disrespect” towards Zinedine Zidane after the boss was asked about Les Bleus’ legendary former talisman in the wake of .
Le Graet and Deschamps announced that the French tactician will stay in place until after the next FIFA World Cup on Saturday when Zidane had been touted as a potential replacement for Deschamps if the 2022 Qatar campaign did not go according to plan. France, under Deschamps, reached the final and lost to Argentina on penalties with Mbappe scoring three goals, so the decision to extend the 1998-winning former captain and the 2018-winning head coach was somewhat expected.
However, quizzed on what Zidane would do now that Deschamps is staying on, Le Graet went on a bizarre and winding tirade which showed little regard for another 1998 champion and a 2006 beaten finalist who has gone on to enjoy managerial success with former club Real Madrid.
“I would be surprised if he went there,” said Le Graet of Zidane’s Brazil links on RMC Sport. “But he can do as he wants. It is of no concern to me. We never met (Le Graet and Zidane) and we (the FFF) never considered parting ways with Didier. I could not care less. He can go where he wishes — to a big club, a national team. Certainly not (asked if Zidane tried to reach him by phone) — I would not even have taken the call.”
Despite Le Graet’s powerful position at the FFF, 2022 World Cup top scorer Mbappe appeared to take aim at his president and rushed to the defense of one of his icons and an immensely popular national figure by calling out the huge lack of respect shown.
“Zidane is France — you cannot disrespect such a legend like that,” he wrote on Twitter.
Deschamps’ extension does mean that Zidane is unlikely to see the role as France boss available before at least 2024 and the UEFA Euros in Germany which could mean that he returns to the club game in the meantime. Per L’Equipe, Le Graet forced the extension through without consulting other FFF members.
An audit of the FFF is due to present its results in mid-February with Le Graet entering the last full year of his mandate which expires in 2024 anyway. Given the numerous accusations against the FFF, notably with regard to sexual misconduct and potential cover-upsLe Graet might even find that cut short.
Sports minister Amelie Oudea Castera, who is involved with the audit of the federation, also took “offense” to Le Graet’s “shameful lack of respect” and demanded that the FFF chief “apologize” for going too far with his remarks.
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