The controversy continues at Paris Saint-Germain. The next chapter of the ‘Galtier case’ going through the courts is now virtually a certainty.
According to the French media, the coach of the French team will file a lawsuit after being accused of racism and discrimination where the following words were associated with him.
“I can’t have so many blacks and Muslims in the team,” Galtier is accused of saying during his time with Nice.
Galtier will also file a complaint for harassment and death threats against himself and his family.
The complaint has been filed against two French journalists and Julien Fournier, former director of football at Nice, who accused him of the racist comments.
Fournier sent an email to INEOS, the company that owns the club, alerting them to the alleged racism.
PSG were informed by Christophe Galtier of his intention to take legal action against the “insulting and defamatory comments” made against him.
In addition, the club denies having started any internal investigation into the situation regarding its coach. The lawsuit drafted by the coach will be presented to the Paris public prosecutor’s office.
Prior to this new development, the French coach’s response was swift.
“I’m astonished by the insulting and defamatory statements made against me,” he declared.
It will now be up to the courts to determine how this story, which has shaken French football, will end.
Support from within French football
Galtier enjoyed a strong reputation within French football prior to these allegations, but those who worked closely with him have remained supportive, including former Saint-Etienne and Sochaux forward Mevlut Erdinc, who happens to be a Muslim.
“I worked with him for four or five years, both at Sochaux and Saint-Etienne. I didn’t feel any racism from him. I myself was doing Ramadan. when I was under him and I can tell you that he gave us the choice, he respected it. There was really no racism,” Erdinc detailed.
His former teammate and current Rennes coach, Bruno Genesio, also gave his opinion on Galtier at a press conference.
“What I can say is that I know Christophe well. I never heard him make the comments attributed to him today,” explained the coach.