Info RMC Sport – In the middle of the media frenzy for several days, the employees of the FFF, in Clairefontaine and in the main headquarters in Grenelle, received an email with a copy of Thomas Cayol, the legal manager, to discuss a ” compliance policy within FFF”. With the latest news and revelations around the Federation, this email was considered “curious” by some employees.
This email begins with a reminder of the “Shoes law of 2016” which “lays down the principles aimed at establishing more transparency in the process of making public decisions and in economic life, with particular rules of the representatives of interests and the protection of whistleblowers.” A document that can be fully consulted on the website of the French Football Federation. “The sending of this letter, while the method is known, still continues to a significant extent, a week after the article in SoFoot”, judged an employee of 87, Boulevard de Grenelle.
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“The purpose of this Law is to act better against corruption and violations of probity. Taking into account the recommendations of the French Anticorruption Agency and expanding the actions already taken by the FFF on this subject, the Executive Committee of the FFF validated, in July 2022, a code of conduct, specific to FFF”, continued the email.
Before adding: “Therefore this Code aims to help all FFF employees to identify dangerous situations and find appropriate responses, individually and collectively”. It addresses various themes in the “ethics and compliance” policy, “linked to corruption, influence peddling and other integrity violations.” This email reminds the principle of a whistleblower. “A whistleblower is a natural person who reports or discloses, without direct financial compensation and in good faith, information related in particular to non-compliance with the FFF code of conduct, a crime, a violation, a threat or harm to the general interest. .”
Attached, a document on the facts of “harassment or sexist acts”
Attached to this email, an element that has intensified in recent controversies around 3F, is a document that lists the procedure for reporting the facts of “harassment or sexist acts”. In this document, the authors recall the legal definitions of moral, sexual and sexist harassment. Then a description of reporting methods and investigation methods around these facts. This document was signed on May 17, 2022, during the CSE, by the general manager of the FFF, Florence Hardouin.
As an introduction to this file, the French Football Federation recalls that in order to “guarantee a calm climate, to promote the well-being of its employees”, the FFF has made improving the quality of work life “a primary which is the focus of its human resources policy.” This document reiterates that its purpose is to “promote freedom of speech”. This document has been added since May 17, 2022 to the internal regulations of 3F.
The concern of many Federation employees tonight is the timing of this email (sent this Tuesday to all FFF employees). “Very shocking” for some, “a response to the new news” for others.
In After Foot this Wednesday, Daniel Riolo spoke about the investigations of the FFF and its internal dysfunctions: “Since the article in So Foot, some (of the FFF) are surprised (that these cases are in the press) Know We know that for a long time (still in FFF), but it is better to speed things up, they believe.(…) We heard about Le Graët who finally created ‘monsters’ in Fédé. Hardouin will be the leader of the ‘monsters.’ This is a komex tied hand and foot… (…) The testimonies, what do they say? Sexism, harassment, harmful atmosphere, terror, humiliation, mismanagement, barony of all employees who benefited from the reports in expenses, trips, matches… If you work at the Fed, you are in the social.(…) People (in the FFF) are on the balcony, ready to help us make revelations.