A sports activities agent has accused the president of the French soccer federation of improper conduct over a number of years, saying he solely was desirous about her sexually.
Noel Le Graet has had a tumultuous week in France after saying he “couldn’t care much less” about Zinédine Zidane’s future as a coach. The 81-year-old soccer govt has beforehand confronted claims of sexual harassment and the French federation is the goal of an investigation ordered by Sports activities Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera.
The agent, 37-year-old Sonia Souid, stated in an interview with L’Equipe sports activities each day that Le Graet repeatedly tried to strategy her from 2013-17.
She stated that whereas she needed to develop a enterprise relationship with Le Graet to advertise girls’s soccer, he was extra desirous about leaving messages on her voicemail late within the night to ask her to drink champagne.
France’s sports activities minister ordered an investigation into the federation in September after the physique stated it could file a defamation lawsuit towards So Foot journal, which reported that Le Graet allegedly harassed a number of feminine staff.
The French journal printed a six-page investigation quoting nameless former and present staff, and inappropriate textual content messages that Le Graet allegedly despatched to the ladies. So Foot additionally described an alleged poisonous tradition on the federation.
Souid, who stated she first met Le Graet in 2013, additionally instructed L’Equipe that he texted her to ask her out or inform her he missed her. Souid stated he by no means went too far verbally however made clear she ought to have intercourse with him to maneuver her concepts ahead.
“He by no means checked out me like an agent however like a chunk of sweet,” Souid stated.
Souid stated she was damage by Le Graet’s angle and that she considered ending her profession as an agent. Requested whether or not Le Graet helped her professionally sooner or later, Souid stated he helped her discover the cellphone variety of coach Corinne Diacre and that he tried to assist her with enterprise class aircraft tickets for France participant Amandine Henry.
Along with his position on the French soccer federation, Le Graet additionally has been a member of the FIFA Council since being appointed by UEFA in Could 2019. The place pays $250,000 yearly.
Le Graet is presently a candidate for an additional four-year time period on FIFA’s ruling committee. He’s being challenged for the seat by Portuguese soccer federation president Fernando Gomes. The election is ready for April 5, when UEFA member nations meet in Lisbon.
Le Graet’s candidacy should cross a FIFA-run eligibility and integrity test. He can stand for election regardless of UEFA imposing an age restrict of 70 for candidates to its personal govt committee.