Corinne Diacre, the current French women’s soccer coach, made it clear this Wednesday that she is “totally determined” to lead the team in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next summer despite the resignation of several international critics of her methods, and assured that she was being the victim “of a smear campaign” and “with the sole objective of settling personal accounts.”

“In view of the shameful media outburst of recent days, I wish, however, to publicly reaffirm that I am fully determined to carry out my mission and, above all, to honor France at the next World Cup,” Diacre said in a statement. statement sent to ‘AFP’ and picked up on the website of the sports newspaper ‘L’Equipe’.

The coach thus responds to all the controversy that has arisen since last Friday, February 24, the captain of the national team, Wendie Renard, announced that she was giving up her international career with ‘La Bleues’ due to the current conditions and in order to preserve her ” mental health”, in a message addressed to the coach.

The Olympique de Lyon player quickly found the support and solidarity of two other important players such as Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani, and although the French Federation was critical of “forms” and recalled that the national team is above, they decided to open a investigation and should clarify the future of Diacre this Thursday.

“For more than ten days I have been the object of a smear campaign that is astonishing for its violence and dishonesty. My detractors do not hesitate – without bothering to tell the truth – to attack my personal and professional integrity, four months before the World Cup. No I will allow myself to be reached by this destabilization operation, which does not take into account my sporting history, and which has as its sole objective a settling of personal accounts”, Diacre sentenced.

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