— Published 15 February 2023

Infantino visits the Elysée Palace

Parisian stage for Gianni Infantino. AFP reports that the FIFA president will be received by Emmanuel Macron, this Wednesday, February 15, at the Elysee Palace. According to the official version, the menu of discussions will be the strengthening of partnerships and the place of FIFA in France. A subject that is a priori very consensual, especially since the opening in Paris of an office of the body. But the exchange between the two presidents could also slide on a less smooth file, the current crisis at the French Football Federation (FFF) and the investigation on its president, Noël Le Graët. According to Radio France, Gianni Infantino should not miss the opportunity to remind Emmanuel Macron that sports institutions must remain independent of political power. According to the Elysee, Emmanuel Macron would then remind his interlocutor that he is “very attentive to the independence of the sports movement, and that he does not intend to interfere.” Coincidentally, Gianni Infantino’s visit to Paris coincides with the publication, this Wednesday, of the final version of the audit report on the FFF, commissioned by the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. A publication that could be postponed to next week if Noël Le Graët gets a delay to better prepare his defense.