PARIS: The imminent World Cup finals in Brazil will be the last for Noel Le Graet as president of the French football federation.
Le Graet announced his decision to stand down in the autumn of 2016 when his current term ends but only after France’s hosting of the European Championship finals in June of that year.
In an interview on RMC he said: “This is my last term. By 2016 I will have done six years, I will be 75 and at that stage is is time to hand over to younger people.”
Le Graet, former mayor of Guingamp and past president of the citty’s football club, took over in June 2011 and was re-elected for a full four-year term on December 2012.
His views on handing over to younger people are not shared by FIFA president Sepp Blatter who is expected, next month, to confirm his wish to continue as president of FIFA for a further four-year term next year.
Blatter is 78.