PSG Sporting Director Critical of the FFF President and Referees

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo spoke with the media for 20 minutes. He let some frustration out on French Football Federation (FFF) president Noël Le Graet and the referees for not protecting the capital club players. 

RTL journalist, Philippe Sanfourche, documented what Leonardo had to say via his Twitter account. The first topic that the 50-year-old wanted to get off his chest was playing two domestic cup finals after a four-month layoff and three friendlies to prepare themselves. 

Ligue 1 canceled their season prematurely back in April. However, the FFF didn’t do the same for the domestic cups. 

Instead, they pushed back the scheduled dates for the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. Leonardo doesn’t insist on this theory, but he could be hinting at the federation looking to save face for canceling the 2019-20 seasons. Meanwhile, the rest of the top five leagues were able to conclude their campaigns. 

Next, he targeted the referees because of the lack of protection that PSG players receive, which leads to injuries to vital players like Kylian Mbappé.

Finally, the last thing that the Brazilian discussed is that the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season begins on the same weekend that the UEFA Champions League final is supposed to take place—adding that this type of behavior often sets up French clubs to fail in European competitions. 

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