French Govt Meddles in Soccer Affairs
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R), flanked by French Minister in charge of Transports Jean-Louis Borloo (L) attends a press point on June 1, 2009 at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, northern suburb of Paris, after they met with relatives of the passengers of the Air France jet which dropped off radar over the Atlantic ocean off the Brazilian coast. Air traffic control lost contact with the flight shortly after it took off from Rio de Janeiro. The prospects of finding survivors from the Air France flight are "very slim," Sarkozy said Today. AFP PHOTO POOL GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 Updated at 8:30 AM CST
Lawmakers taking part in a closed-door hearing about France's World Cup fiasco say that coach Raymond Domenech refuses to take any responsibility for his team's misbehavior and offers no real explanation for their debacle.
Lawmakers said Domenech, who is retiring, tried to pin blame on the media during the parliamentary hearing. Prominent lawmaker Jean-Francois Cope says his testimony "wasn't very dignified."
The hearing went ahead despite a warning from FIFA about French government meddling in soccer affairs.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the country's national team risks suspension from global soccer if President Nicolas Sarkozy or political leaders interfere in the running of the federation.
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