Galtier’s trial: It’s done, he said everything!


By: Manu Tournoux

The former PSG coach, Christophe Galtier, appeared this Friday before the Nice criminal court.

Christophe Galtier is back in France. And he may well not leave again. While he is currently in charge of the Qatari team Al-Duhail, the former coach of Paris SG returned to his country for the trial which concerns him. He is accused of having made racist remarks against his black and Muslim players when he was in charge of OGC Nice.

Galtier wants to end it as quickly as possible

It is this Friday that Galtier is therefore judged “for moral harassment and discrimination based on membership or non-membership, true or supposed, to an ethnic group, a nation or an alleged race or specific religion”. He and his advisors (Olivier Martin and Sébastien Schapira) will have to deliver serious arguments to avoid three years in prison and a 45,000 fine. The sentence that was requested against him by the prosecutor.

Galtier presented himself at 8:30 a.m. at the Nice courthouse. And he is likely to have a good time there, especially since he has no plans to ask for the case to be postponed. “He is finally waiting for this public and contradictory debate where he will demonstrate that he has obviously never discriminated or harassed anyone,” one of his lawyers told AFP.

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Christophe Galtier and his two lawyers upon their arrival at the Nice court.

Obviously, this is not the opinion of those who pointed the finger at him. Julien Fournier, Jean-Clair Todibo and Didier Digard have all maintained their versions. On December 5, L’Equipe revealed that Frédéric Gioria, a member of his staff, was also one of those who incriminated him.

His accusers run away

According to Le Parisien du jour, Galtier should still avoid prison. The thickness of the file is not significant enough, because nothing significant was found during the search carried out at the Nice headquarters. In addition, several protagonists cited in the case have chosen not to go to trial.

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