French Cup fiasco goes to Parliament

2010-06-30 13:40

France’s outgoing coach and federation president are being grilled

about the national team’s World Cup fiasco in a closed-door hearing by a

parliamentary committee.

The hearing comes a day after Fifa president Sepp Blatter warned

France’s leaders about meddling in the running of the national federation.

Coach Raymond Domenech is retiring and French Football Federation

president Jean-Pierre Escalettes plans to resign this week.

They were speaking today before the National Assembly’s commission

for cultural affairs and education.

The French team, which won the 1998 World Cup at home and was

runner-up four years ago in Germany, failed to win a match in South


Players went on strike at training after forward Nicolas Anelka was

sent home for insulting Domenech.

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