Former PSG head coach Christophe Galtier is set to face trial on 15th December at Nice’s Correctional Court. The former PSG head Coach is being accused of discrimination and psychological harassment, as announced by Nice’s public prosecutor. The allegations of racism and discrimination against Galtier have been the focus of prolonged controversy. During the alleged time period, Galtier was the head coach of OGC Nice following his successful title-winning campaign at Lille.
The Case against Christophe Galtier
Galtier’s time as the manager of Nice, owned by INEOS, was disappointing on the field. Despite the team finishing fifth place in the league and reaching the Coupe de France final. In April a leaked email started this catastrophy for Galtier. The Email was attributed to former Nice Sporting director Julien Fournier and was allegedly sent to INEOS director Dave Brailsford.
The leaked Email revealed serious accusations against Galtier during their tenure together at Les Aiglons. The email claimed that Galtier had told Fournier that OGC Nice “could not have so many blacks and Muslims in the team.”
Current Status Of Christophe Galtier
Galtier vehemently denied holding such views and took legal action against the journalists responsible for breaking the story. However, a legal investigation was subsequently initiated. On Friday, Galtier and his adoptive son, John Valovic Galtier, were taken into police custody in Nice as part of the ongoing investigation. While Valovic Galtier was later released, Galtier is now scheduled to stand trial on 15th December. Facing charges of discrimination based on “membership or non-membership, real or alleged, in an ethnic group, nation, supposed race, or specific religion,” as well as charges of “psychological harassment.”
The public prosecutor of Nice has stated that Galtier could face a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of €45,000 if found guilty. The trial will bring the contentious saga surrounding Galtier and the accusations against him to a head.