January 22 – Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation since 2011, has finally made up his mind and has agreed to stand for a fourth term.
The 79-year-old has sent a letter to clubs, leagues and other stakeholders to confirm his decision.
“After having widely consulted the players in French football in recent weeks and the members of the Executive Committee of the FFF this morning, I decided to request the renewal of your confidence, by presenting my candidacy for the presidency of our Federation,” he wrote.
“I know I have the experience, the energy and the passion to build a team that meets your expectations and challenges.”
Le Graët, who came under pressure for prematurely closing down last season’s domestic league campaign despite other European countries managing to complete theirs, will take on two other contenders at the election on March 13.
Earlier this month businessman Michel Moulin, current deputy chairman of French fourth-tier club Blois Foot 41 and former sports adviser of Paris St Germain, became the second figure to announce he is standing after Frédéric Thiriez, former president of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP).
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