Patrick Vieira spoke on Friday through an interview with the newspaper L’Equipe. The former Nice coach and midfielder of the France team particularly regretted the words of Noël Le Graët, president of the FFF, on racism in football.
A little more than four months after his ouster from Nice, Patrick Vieira confided this Friday to the newspaper L’Equipe. Not bitter towards the management of the Aiglons, the former midfielder of the France team also took the opportunity to recall his civic commitment in football and regret the position taken by Noël Le Graët on racism. The president of the Federation had estimated that this phenomenon did not exist, or little, in French football. A mistake for the 1998 world champion who had let him know last October and gave it a layer this week.
“The first step is the recognition that this phenomenon exists in football. Then, it is what can be done to move things forward, asked Patrick Vieira. What sanctions to dissuade the others? You can’t get things done when you say publicly that there is no such thing as racism. “
Vieira had Le Graët on the phone
The former midfielder of the Blues passed by Arsenal, Juventus or Manchester City also confided to have had the boss of the FFF on the phone to address this thorny question. An exchange that ended on “a gap” between the leader and Patrick Vieira.
“He is convinced that racism does not exist in our football. The arguments he put forward are not valid for me, again launched the former international to the 107 caps. I will not go further.”
Vieira: “Does the Federation reflect the society in which we live?”
Without pushing further his reflection against the position of Noël Le Graët, Patrick Vieira however indulged in another criticism on the lack of diversity within French football. Asked about the low proportion of colored coaches in Ligue 1, the native of Dakar recalled that the diversity of French football was not visible in the midst of the authorities either.
“Does the Federation reflect the society we live in,” asked the 44-year-old coach. Federation represents what we viot on the field? I don’t think so. “