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Mbappé defends Zidane after FFF president Graet’s controversial remark

Kylian Mbappé stepped in to defend Zinedine Zidane following dismissive feedback towards the France nice from French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët on Sunday.

The World Cup star Mbappé posted a message on his Twitter account late Sunday saying “ Zidane is France, you don’t disrespect a legend like that.”

The previous playmaker Zidane is taken into account among the many greats of world soccer and led Les Bleus to their first World Cup title in 1998 and starred once more once they received the European Championship in 2000. He scored in two World Cup finals and was on the dropping aspect as soon as, identical to Mbappé has been.

Le Graët, who lately prolonged present France coach Didier Deschamps’ contract till July 2026, was a visitor on RMC radio’s speak present on Sunday. He was requested about rumors linking Zidane to take over the vacant Brazil teaching function from the departing Tite.

“I’d be surprised if he went there. But he can do what he likes, it doesn’t concern me. I’ve never met with him (Zidane), and we (the FFF) never considered parting ways with Didier,” Le Graët advised RMC. “Would it upset me that (Zidane) went there? I couldn’t care less. He can go where he likes, to a big team, a national team … Did Zidane try to contact me? Certainly not, I wouldn’t even have picked up the phone.”

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France’s sports activities minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, who reportedly has tense relations with Le Graët, went a step additional than Mbappé, whose tweet didn’t consult with Le Graët by identify. She requested Le Graët to apologize to Zidane. She even used inverted commas to handle him as president.

“A shameful lack of respect, which hurts us all, toward a legend of our sport,” Oudéa-Castéra wrote on Twitter. “A ‘president’ of the top sporting federation in France should not say that. Apologies, please, for going too far on Zidane.”

Le Graët has confronted claims of sexual harassment and the FFF has been the goal of an investigation ordered by Oudéa-Castéra.

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