Ex PSG Boss Christophe Galtier Strongly Denies Racism Allegations

Ex PSG Boss Christophe Galtier Strongly Denies Racism Allegations

Edwin Kiplagat
September 18, 2023 at 4:01 PM
  • Former PSG, Nice, and Lille manager Christophe Galtier has denied allegations of racism and discrimination
  • Galtier is set to stand trial in December and could be sent to jail for three years if found guilty
  • The 57-year-old led PSG to Ligue 1 glory last season before he was fired

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Nice boss, Christophe Galtier has strongly denied racism allegations levelled against him when he was the manager of Nice.

Galtier was taken into police custody in June as part of the investigation into the allegations. He will stand trial on December 15 before the Nice Criminal Court.

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Christophe Galtier won the Ligue 1 with PSG last season. Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport.
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According to the Athletic, the 57-year-old was accused of making racist and discriminatory remarks during his time at Nice in the 2021/2022 season. His son, John-Valovic Galtier, was also taken into custody.

In a leak sent to Nice owners, Galtier allegedly said that there were too many black and Muslim players in the squad, per the BBC.

If found guilty, the Ligue 1 champion risks a maximum jail term of three years and a fine of €45,000, per the Guardian.

Galtier denies racism allegations

The former Lille manager has denied the claims, saying he refuses to be called a racist.

“We can analyse, judge, and criticise the way that I made the team play, that I’m called a defensive coach, but I can’t accept being called a racist. I can’t accept it. I am the opposite of that,” he said, via GFFN.

He said that the allegations are false.

“It’s false, completely false. People in football know me, players know me, managers know me, but obviously in such an affair, we keep one phrase and we don’t keep all the people that have supported me.
“On Ramadan, and the period of Ramadan, me, as a manager, I have just one obsession: the health of my players and the performance of my team – full stop.”

Galtier led PSG to the Ligue 1 title last season but was sacked and replaced by Luis Enrique.

Enrique reacts to Neymar's exit

Sports Brief earlier reported on Luis Enrique reacting to Neymar's departure from PSG to Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal.

The Brazilian superstar was coached by Enrique at Barcelona, and it was during their partnership that Neymar produced his best-ever season. The former Spain manager wished him the best of luck.

“I think it was a favorable decision for everyone. I would like to thank him for the behavior he has shown when I have had him since I arrived. He is a world-class player and I wish him good luck in his new adventure.”
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