Philippe Diallo elected new head of French football

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Philippe Diallo who assumed interim FFF president role when Le Graet stepped down has been elected as the Federation’s new president

On Saturday, Philippe Diallo became the newly elected president of the French Football Federation. He was previously serving as the interim leader after the former chief, Noel Le Graet, resigned. Diallo won over 90% of the 200 votes at the FFF’s general assembly in Paris. He has been given the authority to serve until the conclusion of 2024.

“You grant me a very great honour with this huge vote,” Diallo said after the election.

“It’s also a big responsibility as we’ve endured some difficult times over the past few months,” he added.

In January, Diallo assumed the role of interim president after Le Graet stepped down and subsequently resigned due to allegations of sexual and mental harassment, which marked the conclusion of his over ten-year tenure.

During his leadership, the French men’s national team experienced a resurgence, highlighted by their triumph at the 2018 World Cup and their subsequent appearance in the final of the Qatar tournament in the previous year, where they were defeated by Argentina in a penalty shootout.

Le Graet also stepped down shortly after a critical report on the management procedures of the FFF, based in Paris, was released by the sports ministry.

The women’s football in France faced a crisis when the coach of the national team, Corinne Diacre, was fired due to a rebellion by the top players, which weakened her position. 

Herve Renard, who had recently led Saudi Arabia to a remarkable victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup, was appointed as her replacement just before the Women’s World Cup, which is scheduled to begin next month.

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