PSG coach Galtier takes legal action over accusations he made racist comments about players

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Galtier told AFP on Friday after he was accused of making racist and discriminatory remarks about players last season. Legal action for defamation of ex-Nice sporting director Julien Fournier and two French journalists.

Paris prosecutors confirmed to AFP that Galtier had lodged a complaint against Fournier, as well as journalists Daniel Riolo and Roman Molina.

Galtier also filed separate harassment and death threat complaints against unnamed individuals after receiving threats after the allegations became public, Galtier’s attorney said.

“We hope that the Paris prosecutors will act as quickly as the Nice prosecutors so that Christophe Galtier can end this matter as soon as possible,” his lawyer Olivier Martin told AFP.

Galtier, 56, has denied making racist and Islamophobic comments after the allegations emerged in an email apparently sent by Fournier and reported by several French media outlets.

Christophe Galtier and Nice manager Didier Digard

The message, which AFP could not verify, was reported to have been sent by Fournier to Dave Brailsford, former head of British Cycling and now sporting director of Nice owner chemicals giant Ineos.

Galtier and Fournier left Nice last year after a season together at the club, with the former appointed by PSG.

The incident could cast a shadow over the end of the season for Paris Saint-Germain, who are on the verge of a record 11th French league title.

Galtier is already under pressure at the Qatari-owned club following their poor form in recent months and their Champions League round of 16 elimination by Bayern Munich.

Nice prosecutors announced last week that they had opened a preliminary investigation into possible “racial or religious discrimination”.

Galtier, who led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2021, has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2024.


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