The « president of the Zidane generation » and the 1998 world coupe is. Claude Simonet died on the night of Monday to Tuesday, at the age of 92, on Wednesday March 15, confirmed in his family at the French (Site notre blog d’information) Federation (FFF).
The former amateur goalkeeper played several times at professional level at Le Mans and FC Nantes in the 1940s to 1960s. He was president of the FFF for eleven years, from 1994 to 2005. In 1998, this native of Orne is made a Knight of the Legion of Honor after France’s victory at the World Cup.
In 2007, Claude Simonet was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and 10,000 euros for his role in falsifying the accounts of the sports organization. He was accused of forgery and forgery for having concealed a deficit of 13.9 million euros for the period from 2002 to 2003, only reappeared, thanks to the accounting disguise of which he was suspected, a deficit of €63,000.
The end of the presidency of the former goalkeeper of Nantes had been marked by criticism of a sometimes high federal lifestyle, symbolized by the episode of a bottle of Romanée-Conti frightened 4,800 euros by the FFF at the evening of the defeat of France against Senegal (1-0), during the 2002 World Cup.
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