Amélie Oudéa Castéra bangs her fist on the French Football Association table. The Minister of Sport asked the FFF to provide evidence of its human rights action during the World Cup in Qatar in a letter consulted on Wednesday.
This missive describes in particular the different 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 in turmoil
This mission, “which will take place in the next few days” with Noël Le Graët “to organize the first meetings”, follows the publication in the magazine SoFoot 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 to be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. He remembers having “insisted” during a meeting with the vice-president of the FFF, Philippe Diallo, that the Federation “quickly take steps so that our French team’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar can take place while respecting our human rights values. and the ecological transition “.
Amnesty chastises the “deafening silence” of the Blues
If the minister explains that she “takes note” of the press release of 23 September in which the FFF “underlines” several steps taken, she asks the institution “to kindly inform him of (his) progress” on these “issues”. “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, as of now, the concrete initiatives you have taken and you will also communicate to me, when the time comes, the results of the next site visits, “he writes. 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 published two days before Denmark-France on September 25, in Copenhagen, Amnesty International had deplored the “deafening silence” of the Blues in the face of the thousands of migrant workers who died on the Qatari construction sites, and the thousands of other subordinates. to forced labor. ”The issue of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar has been regularly raised by NGOs since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the rich gas Gulf state in 2010.