fight against violence in the stadiums, reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar … What to remember from the general meeting of the FFF

In Nice, it wasn’t just the warm weather that was expected. All the gratin of French football was gathered, Saturday, June 18, in the city of the Riviera for the General Assembly of the French Football Federation (FFF). On the menu: a few hours of discussion on the state of French football, a few months from the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 to December 18), a few days from the start of the Women’s European Championship (July 6 to July 31 in England) but especially after a season in Ligue 1 2021-2022 that has been the scene of numerous incidents in the stands.

Vincent Labrune wants to ‘take criminals out of stadiums’

It is this latter theme that the President of the Professional Football League (LFP), Vincent Labrune, wanted to bring to the representatives of the FFF. “We have to shift gears to react more vigorously. We will take our responsibility, the clubs have to take theirs too and realize that they have to help us, as does the government” because “the League has no police force”he added.

“It bothers me to hear the ANS… (National Supporters Association) say there are good and bad supporters, good and bad ultras”he continued. “Words are important. There are supporters and criminals. We have to get the criminals out of the stadiums.” Vincent Labrune spoke about the incidents during the return leg of the accession play-off between Saint-Étienne and Auxerre at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, where smoke bombs were fired horizontally towards a grandstand. “I was afraid of what happened, he said† It’s a wonder there was no death. As president, I don’t want to see a death in a stadium.”

During his closing press conference, Noël Le Graët, the president of the FFF, went in the same direction. “We have regular meetings with each other, said the former chairman of the LFP. We’ll try to find strong arguments so that it doesn’t happen again. We’ve tried everything: closing the stands, suspending the club, deducting points. We need to be even more vigilant, but our disciplinary arsenal is sufficient.”

Noël Le Graët aims for semi-final World Cup

The FFF general meeting was also the occasion to approve the preliminary budget for the next season and to plan the revenues of the next major events of the teams of France, especially the coming winter in Qatar during the World Cup.

That’s how the quarterfinals were budgeted for the Blues, but Noël Le Graët explained: “I wish there were four of us” semifinalists. “It is valid for girls (at the European Championship in July) as well as for boys”he specified.

The president has also confirmed that he will meet coach Didier Deschamps in July in Guingamp, but not to discuss a contract extension, which expires at the end of the World Cup in Qatar.

Unchanged image rights for the Blues

At the same time, the FFF chairman indicated that he had met Kylian Mbappé and that there was no “no change” on the image rights of the players of the French team for the World Cup.

“Situation has calmed down”said Noël Le Graët at a press conference. “I saw Mbappe alone. Then Mbappe at Clairefontaine, within a group I discussed with. Then I saw all the players. The conclusion is that there is no change. Until the World Cup at least. Perfect equality between all players.”

The PSG striker is part of the Blues delegation that hopes that the agreement governing the exploitation of image rights of international tricolor will develop. Disagreements between the FFF and the Paris striker and his entourage on the subject have sparked some media firefights since March.

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