Four months before the World Cup, Corinne Diacre was fired as manager of the French national team.
As several important players, including captain Wendie Renard, said they would no longer play for their country, Diacre, 48, leaves the team.
Teammates Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani joined Renard in a statement criticizing the French “system” and in calling for a boycott.
The FFF declared the situation “irreversible” when they announced Diacre’s departure.
Diacre had pledged to persist and decried what she called a “smear campaign” against her on Wednesday.
I’m committed to completing my task and, above all, making France proud at the upcoming World Cup, she said.
The FFF claimed that in response to criticism from Renard and her teammates, a four-person committee had been appointed to look into the management of the national women’s team.
They stated the committee had “established the observation of a very large gap between players” and added the fracture had “reached a point of no return which affects the interests of the team”.
According to the statement, the discovered dysfunctions appear to be irreversible in this situation.
It was decided to terminate Corinne Diacre’s position as the head of the French women’s squad in light of these factors.
Ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which gets underway in Australia and New Zealand on July 20, the committee will also be responsible with picking a new head coach for France.
Group F includes Brazil, Jamaica, and Panama in addition to France.
The FFF statement further criticizes Renard and the players for using their personal accounts to announce their boycott of the international team and for airing their grievances with Diacre on social media.
In addition, the committee “noted that the manner in which the players expressed their objections was no longer acceptable in the future,” according to the statement.
For the sake of her mental health, Renard, who has played 142 times for France, announced on social media that she was stepping down from the team.
Diani and Katoto, teammates, eventually said they would not represent France any more. The “management” of the team, according to Diani, was a factor in the choice.
France has not advanced to a major final under Diacre, and they lost to Germany in the Euro 2022 semifinals.