Paris Saint Germain coach Christophe Galtier was held for questioning alongside along with his son as a part of a probe into alleged discrimination, the Good prosecutor instructed AFP on Friday. The transfer follows an investigation launched in April, following claims he made racist and Islamophobic remarks about gamers when he coached Good within the 2021/22 season. The prosecutor stated they would supply extra info on the arrests of Galtier and his son John Valovic-Galtier — a participant’s agent — through an announcement in a while Friday.
Galtier is about to be fired by the Qatari homeowners of PSG after a largely underwhelming season wherein PSG suffered 10 defeats in 2023, exiting the Champions League, the staff’s principal goal, within the final 16.
The allegations first surfaced within the French media in April.
The experiences — which AFP was unable to confirm — alleged that ex-Good sporting director Julien Fournier had written an electronic mail on the finish of the 2021/22 season wherein he claimed Galtier had made discriminatory remarks at a number of members of the Good squad.
“He (Galtier) instructed me that I ought to take account of the truth of the town and that in impact we must always not have as many blacks and Muslims within the staff,” claimed Fournier, whose relationship with Galtier was a fraught one.
“He instructed me he needed to profoundly change the staff’s make-up and restrict the utmost variety of Muslims.”
Galtier stated he was “deeply shocked by the claims” and denied the allegations. He launched a defamation go well with of his personal towards the journalist who printed the claims and Fournier.
Fournier indicated to AFP on Might 22 he had been questioned as a part of the judicial enquiry with out giving any additional particulars.
A number of gamers and administrators, together with the membership president Jean-Pierre Rivere, and former coach Didier Digard had been additionally questioned by investigators.
The message was reportedly despatched by Fournier — whose relationship with Galtier was tense — to Dave Brailsford, the previous head of British Biking and Crew Sky now the Director of Sport at Ineos, the homeowners of Good.
Galtier and Fournier each left Good final yr after working collectively on the membership for one season, with the previous being appointed by PSG.