Atmosphere settling scores within the French women’s football team. The captain of the Bleues Amandine Henry is also stepping up to denounce the « management » coach Corinne Deacon in the France team. A few months after the voluntary withdrawal of goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi from Les Bleues and the « tensions » evoked by Amel Majri, the captain chose strong words Sunday on Canal + to describe the situation in the group.
During the 2019 World Cup in France, “Sportingly, I did not experience 100% fulfillment. Humanly, I saw girls crying in their rooms. It was total chaos ”, entrusted the midfielder to the 92 caps.
Not selected for the last two qualifying matches for Euro 2022 in October, under “Sports criteria” according to Deacon who wanted to leave him “Time to come back to your best level” after an injury, Henry delivered his version of this episode on Sunday.
” The call [téléphonique de Corinne Diacre] lasted fourteen, fifteen seconds, I’ll remember it all my life, she said. At the time I was shocked (…) This discussion hurt me, I was really touched, in addition sportingly I felt great. “
“Tell yourself things frankly”
Two other executives of the Bleues, Wendie Renard and Amel Majri, had at the time denounced the non-selection of their teammate in Lyon. They both started the game against North Macedonia on the bench, and Majri was left out a few days later for the clash against Austria. This summer, goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (34 years old, 149 caps) had already chosen to voluntarily withdraw from the France team because of a “Very negative climate” around Corinne Deacon.
For Henry, the fracture goes beyond the conflict often mentioned in the press between the coach and the players of Olympique Lyonnais, ultra-dominator in France and Europe. “I know that some girls don’t dare to speak because there is fear. Young people do not dare to speak, they pass through you ”, assaulted the captain.
“It would be nice to put everything together, to say things frankly. I would like everyone, president, staff, all the players, to meet around a table, adds the captain who does not plan to leave the selection. I know I’m taking a risk, but if I don’t, who will? “
“Being in conflict with the best players in France is not sustainable”
In an interview with the team, published Monday, November 16, Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, who had reaffirmed his support for Corinne Deacon a few weeks ago during the premieres of the players, declared that “Being in conflict with the best players in France is not sustainable”.
While emphasizing that “The players should keep a reserve right in relation to the Federation”, the “boss” of French football considers that“It will have to get better”. “We shouldn’t have this kind of problem at this level. (…) Everyone must make an effort ”, he adds, explaining that he should meet the management and the players on November 27 before a match against Austria, as part of the qualifications for Euro 2022.
The sporting situation is however far from desperate for the Blue, who before receiving Austria, then Kazakhstan in Vannes on 1is December, currently share the lead of qualifying group G with the Austrians. On condition, however, to extinguish the start of the fire that ignites the locker room of the Blue.