Christophe Galtier, the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), was allegedly taken into jail by the authorities on Friday after claims surfaced that he had made anti-Black and anti-Muslim statements to players while at his previous club, OGC Nice.
Galtier, 56, was reportedly detained by the Nice police to provide a statement over the allegedly offensive statements made when he was in office in 2021, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.
John Valovic-Galtier, the son of Galtier, was questioned and then released. The investigation, which was started by a leaked email, is presently being looked into by the French police.
According to writer Romain Molina and France’s RMC Sport, an earlier leaked email from Julien Fournier, the former director of football at Nice, contained suspected racist and discriminatory sentiments.
According to the email, Galtier apparently complained that the Nice team had too many “Blacks and Muslims” who went to the mosque on Fridays. “We could not have so many Blacks and Muslims within the team,” Galtier allegedly added.
French media had stated that PSG will look into this matter involving Galtier.
To win the 2023 French Ligue 1 championship, Galtier took over as PSG’s manager in July.
Prior to his transfer to Nice, he won the French league with Lille in the 2020–21 campaign.