Vitaly Marinitch has been removed from his head coach role by FFG ©Getty Images

The French Gymnastics Federation (FFG) has suspended men's gymnastics team coach Vitaly Marinitch, who is to leave his position due to having alcohol problems, 18 months before the Paris 2024 Olympics.

FFG President James Blateau explains he asked for "an end of mission to the State, which is his employer" regarding the 52-year-old Marinitch from Ukraine, L'Equipe reported.

This decision comes eight months before qualification for the Olympic Games, set to take place at the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp from September 29 to October 8.

His alcoholic episode is said to have came at a course in Palma de Mallorca in Spain.

"I was alerted that on this course there was a problem of alcohol consumption but also inappropriate words, especially towards the physiotherapist," said Blateau. 

"These two things seem to me to be serious enough for us to suspend the collaboration with Vitaly.

"We fight every day on ethical issues and all types of violence. 

"There, when it comes from the project manager, who has to lead, lead the group, it's not acceptable. 

"In fact, we end up with exclusion, I have no qualms, the decision is easy to make."

An unnamed gymnast on the team said the situation was "sad" but admitted Marinitch was "sick" and added "he very often smelled of alcohol".

He took up the role in September 2021.

It is not the first time Marinitch has been forced to quit in disgrace, having been asked to resign in 2016 from USA Gymnastics for groping the wife of national team member Steven Legendre on two occasions at a hotel bar in 2014.

National team director for the French gymnastics team, Kévinn Rabaud, has not ruled out bringing in a new national coach but first looks to rely on "national experts" identified within the FFG to help the team 18 months until the Games.