According to L’Équipe today, FFF president Noël Le Graët is looking to keep his place on the FIFA Council for another four years, but now faces a challenge potentially coming from Portugal’s Fernando Gomes.
Having been one of the European representatives since 2019, the Frenchman has confirmed that he would like to stay on. Although his time in charge of the French footbal authorities comes to an end in two years’ time, the 81-year-old remains interested in another four-year term within FIFA.
Le Graët has confirmed his interested in carrying on and explained that he works well with FIFA, and that they have just opened new offices in Paris. He also expressed his enjoyment at working with president Gianni Infantino, and concluded that “for me, it’s natural to want to continue”.
His plans could be scuppered if another head of a European FA throws their name into the hat – which could be the case for Portugal’s Fernando Gomes, who is an influential and popular member of UEFA’s executive committee. He would likely have the support of UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin – who resents Le Graët’s proximity to Infantino – and would trigger an election run-off in April for the seat.