Deputy CEO of PSG in Nyon, Switzerland, 20 April 2018 / AFP / Archives
"That should never have happened at PSG," regretted in an interview with AFP, Paris SG deputy general manager Jean-Claude Blanc, after a statement about Football Leaks on ethnic youth records was examined by clubs between 2013 and 2018.
Q: What is your reaction to this list on PSG?
A: "This is against images, values, ethics that the club has used for a long time, which is why the feeling we have today is a feeling of betrayal of the extraordinary work done every day by all club teams, all employees, betrayal to the work done by the foundation every day, betrayal because there is a subject that we think cannot be attacked, both that we are very attacked at this time, if there is one subject that is close to our hearts it is a struggle against all forms of discrimination (…) That is why finding, there is a Month (when PSG was asked by journalists Football Leaks, Ed) that the card mentions the ethnic origins of the players observed by small cells, it surprises us and that is truly intolerable for us.
Q: What is your president thinking, Nasser Al-Khelaifi?
A: "I have given him information since the beginning of an internal investigation a month ago, on this very serious subject, which affected us … He was also surprised. (…) The DNA from the club is getting talent regardless of their origin, religion they, their skin color. If you go to see the formation, the PSG team, I think we are quite unshakeable on it. Now, it is a personal initiative, in a recruitment cell in charge of talent outside Ile-de-France, has included in its parameters to codify children parameters that are totally unacceptable, it is illegal. We are immediately triggered by an investigation. "
Q: Are you disappointed with this former collaborator, Marc Westerloppe, involved in this file?
A: "When we discovered that collaborators had been able to forgive, think, industrialize this crooked vision related to the origins of the players, we had a feeling of failure in recruitment, in neglected control, very ambiguously held at the meeting three years ago by the head this recruitment cell (Marc Westerloppe, Editor's note). It was unsuccessful for a record that mentions these parameters to codify young people. Moreover, we are not exempt from responsibility because it has happened within the club. we and what we think we are doing well, it is a demonstration that we have to do more in education, accuracy in recruiting collaborators, so that this doesn't happen again. "
Q: He was called for a pre-dismissal examination after this "ambiguous" statement in March 2014, shouldn't he be separated from him at that time?
A: "You can be accused of many things but you have the right to defend yourself." He defended himself, defended well, he talked about his past, the young people they recruited at the clubs where he was, he was surprised by his reaction and confirmed to us in writing that he never made this comment, we did not have enough information about these facts to go as far as firing Pak Westerloppe. We remind him of the total obscurity he must have in his remarks and I personally want to arrange a quick meeting with the training manager to remember the recruitment criteria, only on talent, for young people at PSG. "
Q: Is it possible for club management to ignore the existence of these cards for so long?
A: "PSG is a 700 team. Recruitment for young people in Ile-de-France or outside Ile-de-France is truly the responsibility of sports management and the team from the direction of the sport (at that time led by Olivier Létang, since becoming president of Rennes, Ed.) It is not the role of the general direction to control what is different from recruitment cells that are integrated in the form of their observations. this has been updated (…) In any case, it should never have happened in PSG. "
Interview by Corentin DAUTREPPE.