Payet move is embarrassing for France

payetThe transfer of one of France’s top players to West Ham yesterday has been branded “embarrassing” by the president of France’s Football Federation. Noel Le Graet says the financial clout of the Premier League is detrimental to the French game.

“It’s always embarrassing,” Le Graet told Le Parisien. “PSG have a role to play though, as do Monaco. I would prefer that our big clubs, with strong economic situations, were interested in French internationals.”

“I dream to see half of the team at PSG consisting of French players. It would be better for everyone and feed the market. With the values, we could have a competitive team.”

“If we got more money from our television companies, we could be more intelligent. But they don’t give us a lot – it is a joke because we are close to the level of the leagues in Italy and Germany.”

“There is already an attraction to English football because of the money. Now a zero is added to the wages of our young players when they cross the channel and that’s not about to change. ”

“There’s nothing we can do for the next three or four years. The French model must be stronger economically. We need more leaders on the marketing and business side of the game in France, which has been neglected.”


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

11 comments on “Payet move is embarrassing for France

  1. Je suis un Marteau

  2. Oh well sh*t happens.Im sure the french will get over it 😉

  3. If the french dont like it,then have no doubt,there will be a strike soon.

  4. ahah… this transfer has made relations between France and England very tense. 2 airborne divisions, all national law enforcement agencies and Special Forces have been alerted. On the streets of London, some citizens have begun stocking up on food, water, and medical supplies. The BBC just reported “Please stay inside and lock all doors and windows”… lol

  5. Until they held the World Cup they were never that interested in football,but in general all there sport has gone down hill there rugby team is rubbish they have no golfers,
    No tennis players no F1 drivers crap at Athletes
    And if it wasn’t for there African born sports personnel they would be trash
    But I love the French ( well Payet and Alfitano ) will do

  6. Lol,you are the French Sports Minister i can tell bubs 😀

  7. Have to drive through it to get to my home in England and anyone who thinks it healthy to hang your bum over a hole to ****e in this day and age is not all there,
    In the services they are the most miserable people you can see and they hate the English like most of the world,
    But they are just human,eating frogs and snails,
    Have they got a sports Minster if so he should be promoted to run the shelters in Calais

  8. Reading this made me smile

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