“Zidane is France”: Kylian Mbappé’s scathing statement after Noël Le Graët’s remarks

Kylian Mbappé steps up to the plate. Barely hours after the intervention, widely decried on social networks, by Noël Le Graët on the antenna of RMC Sport, the Paris Saint-Germain striker came to the defense of his elder at the Blues. “Zidane is France, we don’t disrespect the legend like that…”, he wrote this Sunday evening on his Twitter account.

Guest of the program “Bartoli Time”, hosted by former tennis player Marion Bartoli, Noël Le Graët had indeed been questioned on the fate of Zinédine Zidane, the rumors sending him to Brazil or even on possible discussions. that he could have had with the former star of the Blues. But the president of the French Football Federation quickly dropped: “I have nothing to shake, he can go where he wants. He can go where he wants in a club in Europe, he would have as many as he wants. A selection, I can hardly believe it”.

He assured not to have contacted or tried to contact the 1998 world champion. “Certainly not. I would not even have taken him on the phone, assumes the president of the federation. To tell him what? Good morning sir. Don’t worry, look for another club, I’ll agree with Didier. [Il s’adresse aux présentateurs de l’émission] You are very Zidane, make him a special show”. Words which were therefore obviously not to the taste of number 10 of the Blues.

“A shameful lack of respect” for the Minister of Sports

In the process, and also in a tweet, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in turn reacted. “Statements again above ground with the added bonus this time of a shameful lack of respect, which offends us all, to a legend of football and sport: a “president” of the first sports federation in France should not say that “, a she wrote, demanding “apologies for this word too much about Z. Zidane”.

Already last November, the minister had blamed the behavior of Noël Le Graët, and was annoyed to know him “perfectly serene” on the results of the audit targeting the Federation on possible sexual assaults.

As for the prodigy of Bondy, this is not the first time that he has taken over the president of the FFF publicly. In June, Kylian Mbappé reacted to an interview with the manager at the JDD where he explained that the player had told him that he wanted to retire from international football after missing his shot on goal against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the Euro.

“Yes finally I explained to him above all well that it was in relation to racism and NOT to the penalty. But he considered that there had been no racism ”, had regretted the attacker on Twitter.

Kylian Mbappé had already gone to the showdown with the FFF in March, boycotting a photo shoot organized at Clairefontaine for promotional operations with sponsors of the Blues. A slingshot, repeated with a new boycott threat in September, to protest against the international image rights convention. The federation then promised to renegotiate the text. It was before the World Cup, the new exploits of Kylian Mbappé in Qatar, and this virulent exit against the president of the FFF, whose mandate goes until 2024, Sunday evening.