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Jean-Clair Todibo accuses Christophe Galtier of pressuring him to break his fast

OGC Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo (23) has informed the police that his ex-manager, Christophe Galtier, allegedly pressured him to break his Ramadan fast.

The accusation comes just ten days before Galtier’s hearing regarding charges of moral harassment and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or religion. If convicted, Galtier could face a three-year prison sentence and a €45,000 fine.

The allegations emerged following the leak of an email from former Nice sporting director Julien Fournier. Galtier, now managing Qatari side Al-Duhail, has consistently denied the charges.

The hearing for Christophe Galtier is for December 15th. L’Equipe reports that Jean-Clair Todibo, one of the individuals accusing Galtier of harassment and discrimination, informed the police that the manager exerted pressure on him to break his Ramadan fast.

Jean-Clair Todibo revealed to the police that he learned from others at OGC Nice that Christophe Galtier had referred to him as a “Salafite” and a “terrorist.” Hassane Kamara, a former teammate, supported this account, claiming Galtier called him “scum” and limited his playing time because of his religion.

Despite Todibo’s allegation and others like him, Galtier denies it all!

Galtier denies these allegations. He pointed out that Kamara transferred to Watford in January 2022, and therefore, Galtier did not manage him during the Ramadan period.

Khéphren Thuram and Youcef Atal both stated that they did not observe any discrimination. Thuram, who faces a charge of “provoking religion-based racial hatred,” acknowledged the existence of unsettling “noises” in the dressing room but denied witnessing any discriminatory language or behavior.

On the other hand, Hicham Bouadoui, Teddy Boulhendi, and Pablo Rosario asserted that, like Todibo, they felt pressured by Galtier to break their Ramadan fast. Galtier reportedly insisted that Ramadan negatively impacted performance. And Boulhendi felt compelled to eat on match days to avoid being dropped from the squad.

Fournier alleges that Didier Digard, then the manager of Nice’s reserve team, was disheartened upon learning from assistant manager Frédéric Gioria that Galtier had remarked it was “not normal” for Digard to be in charge due to his religion.

Galtier supposedly expressed concerns that Digard might influence young players negatively. Upon hearing of Galtier’s comments, Digard reportedly offered his resignation to Fournier, who managed to persuade him to stay at the club.

Galtier’s lawyers maintain his innocence, emphasizing his determination to face the hearing and demonstrate that he never discriminated against or harassed anyone.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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