Presidency: Comboure, Genesio, Gaultier … What L1 coaches think about Macron-Le Pen duel and public commitment


In the midst of the presidential election in France, players and leaders called into the stands to block Marine Le Pen and vote for Emmanuel Macron. However, some footballers have joined in, and Ligue 1 coaches have differing opinions on the matter. Non-detailed overview.


Some big names and institutions in the French sport, like Antoine Dupont or CNOSF, have called for a national rally to be blocked during the second round of the presidential election in France. This Friday, several club leaders also called in another forum to vote for Emmanuel Macron such as Jean-Michel Aulas (OL), Olivier Letang (Lille) or Loeck Ferry (Lorient).

But on behalf of the French players and coaches, almost no one wanted to speak publicly, except Dimitri Payet and Blaise Matuidi, who were signatories to the forum published by Le Parisien and France Info. Before the 32nd day of the season in Ligue 1, the theme of the presidency and the duel between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron returned to the table. Without necessarily giving rise to strong positions.


those who refuse to do politics

Among the coaches of the French championship, many of them immediately refused to place themselves. Started in a maintenance fight with Saint-Etienne, Pascal Dupraz only wants to talk about football. There is no question of expressing his personal feelings on the upcoming election to coach the Greens. All with its usual clarity.

“No mix of styles, cut Saint-Etienne’s technician, a little annoyed, when he was questioned at the conference this week. I’m here to talk about the Brest match and I’m here to talk about politics.” I am not for. The truth is that I don’t want to talk about politics.”


The tone is slightly less sharp but sounds quite similar to that of Christophe Gaultier in North Nice. Politics is a personal matter and athletes are citizens like others. point.

“A position in the second round? Yes, personal. And it will remain personal, responded the Riviera technician. And to clarify his view: “Why should the sporting world have space? […] I think everyone should vote. We have this privilege to vote in France and it is a great privilege. We are in a republic. Everyone should vote according to their sensitivity. After that, some people position… they position themselves.”

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who remember their values

Without giving the slightest preference to one or the other candidates, or even making sense to vote, some players in the French Championship took advantage of this disruption of politics in the season to reaffirm their views. Sports and football are a huge vehicle of harmony between people. This is especially the case with Renais Bruno Genesio.

“I don’t think it’s our role to publicly express our views… I don’t want to… Me, I grew up in an environment where we play matches together, regardless of the color of our skin without, no matter who we were. The important thing was to play together, all together, said the former OL technician on the eve of the duel for Europe against Monaco at Rozon Park. For me, it was a great plus in my childhood We lose it in France and it’s a shame… that’s how we have to live in peace…”


A few days before a boiling derby against Lille in the full race for Europe, Frank Haise also emphasized the importance of social diversity in football and living together in France.

“I do not know if any club player has signed on this platform. Everyone decides in his own soul and conscience. Me, what do I have as a position … I have been in sports and football for 45 years. Yes, the boss of Sang At indicated. I have always lived with a lot of social, cultural, religious diversity and I am very happy to be in this world with a lot of diversity.”


the one who claps putin

Nantes coach Antoine Comboure insisted on denying extreme views without further explaining his feelings about the Macron-Le Pen duel. As for the war in Ukraine and the Russian invasion, the former PSG defender was more direct and wants to see athletes engage against the Kremlin.

“I often say that the athlete should not speak politics in my mind. But when there are important reasons, you can deviate from the rule. For example, what is happening in Ukraine is disastrous.” Should be against because what Russia is doing today is very serious. We don’t do politics but we have to talk about it,” said the Canaries coach. It’s important to me, whatever is extremist, I’m against it. Later, whatever conclusion you want to draw from it.”

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voter announcer

In Ligue 1, some coaches have expressed their intention not to vote or not. But other players have confirmed that they will find a way to express their position through a bulletin. directly or through a proxy. But there again, there is no question of giving any clue about the person they want to lead France for the next five years.

“I voted in the first round, I will vote in the second. I had this discussion with my father-in-law and my wife in the car on Thursday, confirmed Nice midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. I think a football player shouldn’t have one. Enter into political debates. We have no relevance compared to any other person. Everyone’s opinion is personal, my opinion is personal. I understand people and players who want to argue with others but this is not my case is.”


A little more different, and focusing on the derby against the lens, Jocelyn Gauravenc will not be at home in the second round, but will vote as well. “It’s the second round in ten days, okay? We’ll play Strasbourg that day. I’ll vote obviously. I’ll make a power of attorney like last week, assuring the coach of the LOSC that I don’t want to go into the debate. From 5 p.m. on Sunday – before going to see the results of the first round – after the Angers match ended, after letting go of my disappointment at 1-1, I already started derby preparation. Don’t throw me out. My derby preparation “

The final word, as for most actors in Ligue 1, emphasizes the non-engaged public in front of the president. Prior to the second round of the presidential election, April 24 is the 32nd day of the priority championship.


Jean-Guy Lebreton with The Indian Paper


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