Candidate for the presidency of the FFF, Frédéric Thiriez sent an open letter on Monday to the current leader of the Federation, Noël Le Graët. In the letter the former president of the LFP invites Le Graët to make a decision for amateur football concerning the 2020-2021 season.
The elections for the presidency of the French Football Federation (FFF) will take place in less than a month, on March 13, and inevitably, the campaign themes of the contenders appear in broad daylight. Frédéric Thiriez, candidate in the same way as Michel Moulin, publicly challenged this Monday Noël Le Graët, president of the Federation since 2011 who wishes to chain a fourth consecutive term.
In this open letter, Thiriez talks about the future of amateur football. The former president of the Professional Football League (2002-2016) made this subject the main theme of his electoral campaign and has already openly criticized Le Graët on his management of amateur football. In this letter to the President of the Federation, Thiriez calls on the FFF to “listen to the clubs before deciding” on the end of the current season.
Thiriez offers electronic consultation
Because since October and the start of the second confinement, the amateur championships beyond the National have been temporarily stopped, without any prospect of recovery having yet been mentioned. Thiriez, who has already announced a 40 million aid plan for amateur football, affirms in this letter that “already, the FFF should have fought so that National 2 and D2 women can, like the National, play from the month of October. “
However, some amateur clubs were able to resume training and competition for the rest of the Coupe de France. But the former president of the LFP denounces the fact that this decision was taken without consultation of amateur clubs. Thiriez therefore calls on Le Graët to organize a consultation on the following question: “recovery or” white season “”?
Amateur football, a popular campaign theme
While the amateurs go through a very complicated period, without being able to play the slightest meeting, Thiriez wishes to seek their opinion from the 15,000 French football clubs electronically. This massive consultation would focus on whether or not to continue the season, and the terms of the end of the year in the event of a white season, which would already be discussed internally within the FFF.
“Their moral and economic situation does not in any way allow them to wait for a hypothetical decision in which they would not be associated”, writes Thiriez to the president of the FFF. Failing to be able to anticipate the outcome of the current season, Le Graët has already answered Thiriez on the theme of amateur football, insisting on the increase in the number of licensees and the economic flow from which all clubs have benefited since his first mandate. Amateur football will nonetheless be one of the central themes of the election campaign in the coming weeks, Michel Moulin having also decided to emphasize this point.