Marc Debarbat, president of the Amateur Football League and candidate for his own succession, supported by Noël Le Graët, tendered his resignation on Tuesday.
One less ally for Noël Le Graët. As reported by L’Equipe and Ouest France, Marc Debarbat, president of the Amateur Football League (LFA) within the FFF, presented his resignation on Tuesday, to everyone’s surprise.
The leader, who was running for a new mandate in the next LFA elections in April, and who was supported by the boss of French football, preferred to throw in the towel.
Amateur football at a standstill
According to L’Equipe, two factors would have motivated this decision. Debarbat saw Vincent Nolorgues, one of his running mate, build his own LFA list, and reportedly felt defeat coming. In addition, he would also have been affected by the departure of Pierre Samsonoff, deputy director general of the FFF and director of the LFA.
Created in 1995 at the request of the Leagues and Districts, the Amateur Football League is theoretically responsible for managing, within the FFF and under the control of the executive committee, all amateur football and relaying federal programs in the regions. . In fact, its power is quite limited.
As a reminder, the FFF formalized last week the end of the 2020-2021 season for all departmental and regional amateur competitions, without any climb or descent for the clubs involved in these championships. The competitions had been suspended since the end of October due to the health crisis.