Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has landed himself in deep trouble after being accused of racist remarks during his time at OGC Nice.
Shocking reports have emerged revealing the conversation between former Nice sporting director Julien Fournier and Galtier, where the latter insisted that there should be no place for black and Muslim players in the squad.
The alleged email sent by Fournier to Nice owner INEOS read (via RMC Sport): “He (Christophe Galtier) told me that I had to take into account the ‘reality of the city’ and that we couldn’t have so many blacks and Muslims in the team.
“He said to me ‘Last night, I went to the restaurant and everyone came down on me to say that we have a team of blacks’ then added ‘Julien, you must realise what city we are in, we’re in the city of [former mayor] Jacques Médécin.
“‘Our team does not reflect what people want, just as it does not reflect myself.’ There was no sporting argument, but just arguments about religion and skin colour.
“The weeks preceding Ramadan were an opportunity for CG (Galtier) to complain continuously about the fact that ‘we had too many Muslim players’ in the team, making sure to (including with you) hide behind the deceptive argument of the non-compatibility of the practice of Ramadan with performance in high-level sport.
“He expressed his exasperation, in words, on numerous occasions and I had to officially intervene to (try) to end his behaviour.”
PSG will reportedly take matters into their own hands, with President Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s team in Doha considering launching an investigation into the case.
The Ligue 1 champions were unaware of Galtier’s comments at the time of his appointment last summer.
If the Frenchman is found guilty, it would probably be curtains for him with PSG, having already landed in the firing line following a turbulent season.
PSG expect Galtier to address the issue in the pre-match press conference this Friday ahead of the Ligue 1 fixture against Lens.