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French football pays tribute to Mahut

Published: Sunday 9 February 2014, 22.05CET
French Football Federation [FFF] president Noël Le Graët paid tribute to a "great professional on and off the pitch" after former international Philippe Mahut passed away aged 57.
French football pays tribute to Mahut
Philippe Mahut (centre) was part of France's 1982 FIFA World Cup squad ©AFP
Published: Sunday 9 February 2014, 22.05CET

French football pays tribute to Mahut

French Football Federation [FFF] president Noël Le Graët paid tribute to a "great professional on and off the pitch" after former international Philippe Mahut passed away aged 57.

French football is in mourning after former France defender Philippe Mahut passed away on Saturday at the age of 57 following a long illness.

A sweeper known for his striking blond hair, Mahut was part of the France squad which reached the semi-finals of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, ending his career with nine caps and playing his last game for Les Bleus in 1983. "[Mahut] will be remembered as a great professional on and off the pitch," said French Football Federation [FFF] president Noël Le Graët.

The elegant defender first came to prominence with FC Metz, with whom he played from 1978 to 1982, before excelling at AS Saint-Étienne, RC Paris, Stade Quimpérois and Le Havre AC. He ended his playing days in 1993, having twice won the Ligue 2 title. After retiring, Mahut served as a sports official for Fontainebleau town council as well as a member of the FFF's National Ethics Council.

Last updated: 09/02/14 23.00CET

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