Following an interview in which Noël Le Graët talks about the absence of racism from racism in the France team, Senegalese international Patrice Evra criticizes him and denounces this internal racism. Le Graët has been the president of the French Football Federation since his election on June 18, 2011 by the Federal Assembly of the French Football Federation (FFF). He has made controversial comments about racism. According to him, racism does not exist in football. It was on his Instagram page, that he addressed himself to Noël Le Graët, the French sports leader and politician.
Patrice Évra gave an explosive response on his Instagram account on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The international released a video denouncing the words of Noël Le Graët. Facing the camera for eight minutes, he was outraged. “Le Graët must be fired, because he really screwed up” he said, followed by a parody of the song by Petit Papa Noël after having listened to the controversial interview broadcast on September 15, 2020 on BFM Business where the sports leader declared his comments on racism.
“It’s serious. (…) I have no words. We must leave. (…) You will not have the courage to r”It’s serious. (…) I have no words. We must leave. (…) You will not have the courage to represent yourself? We cannot let this go. You have spoken. as if you were in the neighborhood. (…) I lost all my respect for you “, asserts the former player. He claims through the video several times that Noël Le Graët is not reappointed during the next FFF elections scheduled for March.
Patrice Evra also denounced discrimination in the French team, especially during visits by political figures to Clairefontaine. “We know that the France team does not belong to any player, but to the French people. But we still have places allocated. When we eat, we are used to sitting next to this guy, because ‘we have good relations etc … But every time the President came, or politicians, everything changed. I was sitting there and, suddenly, I was at the end of the table. where there was normally Mamadou Sakho and Bacary Sagna, a lot of gloom, we had to change. We put a Hugo Lloris and a Laurent Koscielny and the President in the middle. But we knew, those were the rules of the game. We are in France , not at home. When there was a photo of the President, it was better to see a Hugo Lloris and a Laurent Koscielny next to him, than a Mamadou Sakho or a Bacary Sagna. It’s a shame, “continues- he.
Patrice Evra’s full reaction in this video: