Disgraced French football coach to go before parliament
Paris: Disgraced French football coach
Raymond Domenech and ex-football federation supremo
Jean-Pierre Escalettes will appear before lawmakers on Wednesday
to explain France`s chaotic World Cup campaign.
The two football heavyweights are to address a hearing of
the National Assembly`s Cultural Affairs commission, called to
discuss the disastrous showing of the French squad in South
France has reacted with a mix of humiliation and anger to
the team`s elimination from the tournament which came after
two defeats, one draw, a players` strike and foul-mouthed
squabbles in the dressing room.
Domenech, the outgoing coach, and Escalettes, who
resigned on Monday as French Football Federation (FFF) have
both been harshly criticised over the Bleus` debacle.
Members of President Nicolas Sarkozy`s governing UMP
party are pressing for a commission of inquiry while the
president himself has said that those responsible for the
disaster should be held accountable.
The parliamentary hearings were scheduled as FIFA
president Sepp Blatter warned the French government against
any meddling in football affairs, which he stressed were the
purview of the football federation.
"We don`t want political interference," Blatter said in
Johannesburg. "The national sports law exists but in the FIFA
statutes, no political interference can be tolerated."
French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot, who traveled to
South Africa and gave the team a severe dressing-down over
their poor performance, will also address deputies on Tuesday.