PostedMay 28, 2021, 1:51 p.m.
Noël Le Graët says he was not informed that the French rapper had made the soundtrack for the presentation of the 26 French present at the Euro.
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In an interview with the Parisian, Noël Le Graët (79 years old) put a layer back in the soap opera Youssoupha. As a reminder, on May 19, a song by the French rapper accompanied the presentation clip of the list of French internationals who will participate in the next Euro (June 11 to July 11).
Thursday, the president of the French Football Federation declared that he was not at all aware and that he regretted this choice: “It was our young employees of the sales department who had this idea to accompany the unveiling of the list of 26 players. “
«IT’Sscream my name in blue, scream my name in blue, write it down. IT’Sscream my name in blue…», chaunted Youssoupha (41 years) on this title.
“Personally, I discovered it. Some like rap, others less. Youssoupha is a good rapper who, like others, may have had inappropriate lyrics. I believe that we should not have done that and let the list be disclosed as usual, without communication ”, explained the one who has been boss of the FFF since 2011.
Noël Le Graët said, however, that he did not want to enter the spiral of controversy “This piece did not deserve as many comments, it’s politics”. The former socialist mayor of Guingamp, who is therefore knowledgeable in politics, specifies that Youssoupha’s song is not the anthem of the Blues. “It is not on the Federation’s website and we do not intend to ask people to repeat these words.”
Varane takes the opposite view
Defender Raphaël Varane assured Thursday at a press conference that he liked the rapper’s clip. He therefore takes the opposite view of the president of the French Federation.
“Personally, it’s a song that I like. We can always look for subjects which divide, but in Clairefontaine it is not a subject, explained the defender of Real Madrid, present at the training center of Clairefontaine.
Goalkeeper Mike Maignan, recent champion of France with Lille, also downplayed the extent of this controversy initially launched by Jordan Bardella. The number two of the National Rally felt that choosing this artist, who had attacked in some of his songs at Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen, was like “giving in to a scum part of France.”
“Honestly, we don’t pay attention to that, we have to stay focused on our work. We can not pay attention to what is going on outside, we have a really important job to do, ”evaded the former Lille, freshly recruited by AC Milan.