June 21, 2024

Christophe Galtier, the former coach of Paris Saint-Germain, has been found not guilty in a trial over allegations of discrimination.

Christophe Galtier, the former manager of Nice and Paris Saint-Germain, was cleared of charges of harassment and discrimination by a French court on Thursday. The charges were filed by the Nice prosecutor, who had made multiple allegations against Galtier during his tenure as coach of OGC Nice.

“This decision provides comfort,” stated Olivier Martin, one of Galtier’s legal representatives, in an interview with CNN. “Christophe has suffered from unfounded allegations for a prolonged duration, leading to considerable anguish for him, his family, and his colleagues, and resulting in negative outcomes for his personal and professional welfare,” he stated. According to BFMTV, the public prosecutor has asked for a 12-month prison term that would be temporarily postponed, along with a potential fine of 45,000 euros. CNN has contacted the prosecutor’s office to acquire an official statement.

In June, the prosecutor publicly stated through a news release that his office had initiated a preliminary investigation into Galtier and his son, John Valovic, in response to reports from April that accused Galtier of making statements implying an excessive presence of Black and Muslim players on the team.

During the commencement of his trial on Friday, December 15, Galtier dedicated a substantial duration on the witness stand, attentively reviewing specific segments of interviews conducted by the police with various former colleagues and players from OGC Nice, as stated by CNN affiliate BFMTV. Galtier took over as the coach of Paris Saint-Germain in July 2022, after serving as the coach of OGC Nice during the 2021-22 season.

 

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