the Minister of Sport puts pressure on the FFF

Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa Castéra asked the French Football Association (FFF) to provide her with evidence of her action on human rights during the World Cup in Qatar in a letter the AFP was able to consult on Wednesday. This letter describes in particular the various areas on which the audit mission will focus on the body that the Minister entrusted to the Inspectorate General for Education, Sport and Research on 16 September after receiving the President of the FFF Noël Le Graët and its general manager, Firenze Hardouin.

The FFF audit will begin in the “next days”

This mission, “which will take hold in the next few days“With Noel Le Graet”to organize the first meetings”Follows the publication in So Foot magazine of an article involving the FFF and its president, accused of sending sexual SMS to employees. The FFF has since filed a libel complaint.

But in this letter the minister also addresses the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). He remembers having a “He insisted“during a meeting with the vice president of the FFF, Philippe Diallo, so that the Federation”swiftly take steps to ensure that our French team’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar can be done in accordance with our human rights and ecological transition values“, she writes.

If the minister explains that he has “Note»The press release of 23 September in which the FFF puts«come on“many steps taken, she asks for authority”kindly inform him of (his) progress” On these “challenges“.”On the point relating to the verification of the working conditions at the base camp of the French team in particular, I ask you to report to me from now on the concrete initiatives you have taken and that you will also communicate to me, when the time comes, the results of the next visits. on site“, He adds.

On Tuesday, Philippe Diallo assured that the body was working with several other federations on a compensation fund for victims of work-related accidents at World Cup sites. In an open letter issued two days before Denmark-France on 25 September, in Copenhagen, Amnesty International had deplored the “deafening silence“bruises”in the face of the thousands of migrant workers who died on the Qatari construction sites and the thousands of others subjected to forced laborThe issue of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar has been regularly raised by NGOs since the award of the 2022 World Cup to the rich gas Gulf state in 2010.

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