“The worst humiliation of my life”, Pascal Praud sickens a child

“The worst humiliation of my life”, Pascal Praud sickens a child

Author of a report with racist overtones when he was officiating at Téléfoot, Pascal Praud caused shame in the son of one of the players.

Before becoming the leading figure of CNews thanks to his L’Heure des Pros broadcasts, Pascal Praud has been playing football for a very long time. Whether at RTL, ITélé and further, at TF1 where he worked alongside Thierry Roland, Hervé Mathoux or Frédéric Jaillant. If one of the most memorable events of this adventure at Téléfoot remains the altercation with Bernard Tapie in a Parisian ready-to-wear store after incriminating remarks against the sporting director of OM, another report remained in the memoir concerns FC Nantes, the club of his heart.

At the end of the 80s, Pascal Praud became interested in the new black guard of the Canaries, played by Marcel Desailly, Antoine Kombouaré and Thierry Bonalair. The six black players, forced to wear white masks, appear as if they had fallen from a tree, like monkeys. And the commentary is to match. “FC Nantes has changed color for two years. The yellow flag flew over the championship and then the future became bleak. Six of its holders are black, to erase the too sleepless nights of last year, says Pascal Praud.

Pascal Praud refuses to talk about it

The report left its mark as evidenced by the documentary “Des cris dans le stadium” by Mohamed Bouhafsi, broadcast this Tuesday on France 5. “One player concerned refused to allow me to mention his name. He told me: ‘This is the worst humiliation of my life. I wasn’t aware of it. I was asked to fall from the tree like a monkey. And it became the worst humiliation of my life when my son asked me: “What is that?” Why did you do that ? » In my son’s eyes, I felt shame. And seeing shame in the eyes of your offspring is the worst thing that has happened to me in my life. the journalist told RMC to this effect.

Contacted to react in the documentary, Pascal Praud remained silent. “I don’t want to talk about it anymore. It’s from the past. It was a different time.” he justified to Mohamed Bouhafsi, who specified: “I felt that in his tone there was regret. He understood that he had hurt. »

When questioned, Lilian Thuram justified the apparent complacency of the players concerned. “ People who experience racism, very often, think they understand racism. Actually no. The orca you suffer racism, you live in the same society which hierarchizes according to skin color “, he whispered.

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