French football federation president Noel le Graet has apologised for dismissive comments made about Zinedine Zidane becoming national team manager.
WHAT HAPPENED? After it was announced on Saturday that Didier Deschamps would stay on at the helm of France until 2026, Le Graet ruled out Zidane ever getting the job, joking to RMC Sport that he “wouldn’t even have picked up the phone” to the footballing icon. The 81-year-old has since spoken to the same station to apologise for the “misunderstanding” caused by what he labelled “clumsy remarks”.
WHAT THEY SAID: “I would like to apologise for these remarks, which absolutely do not reflect my views nor my consideration for the player he was and the coach he has become,” Le Graet told RMC Sport. “I gave an interview to RMC that I should not have given because they were looking for controversy by opposing Didier and Zinedine Zidane, two greats of French football. I admit that I made some clumsy remarks which created a misunderstanding.”