Christophe Galtier taken into custody for racist remarks while at Nice

Christophe Galtier, PSG, Nice
Christophe Galtier, PSG, Nice / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

Current PSG manager and former OGC Nice head coach Christophe Galtier, along with his son John Valovic-Galtier, was taken into custody on Friday as part of an investigation into allegations of racism while he was coaching at his former club, reported RMC Sport on Friday morning.

Galtier, still under contract with Paris Saint-Germain but expected to be fired in the next few days, was summoned by the investigators for questioning. The public prosecutor confirmed that both Galtier and his son are being held for questioning in relation to suspicions of discrimination based on race and religious claims.

The investigation stems from incidents that occurred during Galtier's tenure as coach of OGC Nice from 2021 to 2022. It is alleged that he made discriminatory, racist, and Islamophobic remarks during that time. Galtier expressed shock and denied the allegations during a press conference when the case first came to light in mid-April.

As part of the investigation, searches were conducted at the headquarters of OGC Nice. Several players and officials, including club president Jean-Pierre Rivere and current coach Didier Digard, were interviewed by the investigators. Julien Fournier, the former football director of OGC Nice, who was directly involved in bringing the initial revelations to light, was also questioned.

According to leaked emails a few months ago, Galtier was quoted writing in them and mentioning the need to consider the city's "reality" and expressing a desire to make significant changes to the team, including limiting the number of Muslim players at Nice when he was the manager of the team in order for his squad to align with the mentality of the city, as he saw it.

Galtier had his days numbered in Paris, but this new development might actually put an absolute end to his coaching career the world over.

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