FIFA denies any interest in possible sale of Stade de France

According to “L’Equipe”, the International Football Federation would have views of the Square of Saint-Denis, whose concession ends on June 30, 2025.

By Rémi Dupré

Will the International Football Federation (FIFA) be part of the potential buyers participating in the call for tenders relating to the future of the Stade de France? According to information from the Team , the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, would consider buying the enclosure of Saint-Denis (80,000 places), State property, And whose concession which links it to Bouygues and Vinci ends on June 30, 2025. Contacted by MO12345lemonde, FIFA “firmly denies this information” without giving more precision.

According to the sports daily, this subject was even mentioned, at the Elysée, on February 15, by Emmanuel Macron and Mr. Infantino. The latter would have expressed this idea and convinced Christmas Le Graët, resigning president of the French Football Federation (FFF) and who will now work fully as delegate of Mr. Infantino to the Parisian annex of FIFA, at the hotel of The Navy, inaugurated in 2021. To believe the team , Mr. Le Graët should play a specific role on this file.

FIFA intentions concerning the Stade de France would have been at the heart of exchanges between MM. Infantino and Macron, in the fall, during the World Cup in Qatar. While the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra must publicly give legal details in the coming days as for the future call for tenders launched by the State, the Elysée has been wind, according to our overlaps, of bilateral discussions on Become the enclosure between Mr. Le Graët, the FFF and Mr. Infantino, wishing to find an enclosure to regularly organize gala matches.

But Emmanuel Macron would be held remotely from the future call for tenders – which has not been the subject of formal exchange with the president of FIFA -, prerogative of the Ministry of Sports and Services of Bercy. No offer or proposal was issued, at this stage, by Mr. Infantino.

The President of the Republic would like the FFF – which did not wish to comment – and the French Rugby Federation (FFR), the main tenants of the Stade de France, be stakeholders in this case. The FFF pays a rent of 7.5 million euros net annual net at the Stade de France consortium, co-managed (maintenance, construction, exploitation) by the Bouygues-Vinci duo since a contract signed in April 1995.

The cost of the stadium for the State exceeds a billion euros

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