Blanc looks to be out on his arse after French racism row
Laurent Blanc – not Noir
If there was one thing that helped stop thousands of English football fans throwing themselves in front of buses or drinking even more than usual last summer it was this thought – at least England’s World Cup wasn’t as bad as France’s.
It was a disastrous campaign for the French that saw walk-outs, strops and a bottom placed finish in their group. Boss Raymond Domenech was subsequently sacked and Laurent Blanc was put in place to turn things around.
Somehow things seem to have got even worse…
Pretty much ALL of the French media are reporting that Blanc is so close to the boot that he can smell the dubbin – and here’s why…
At a meeting last November with French head honchos, there was a disagreement about how best to teach football to French youngsters. Should they recruit strong, athletic players (as Britain seems to have done forever) or go for the more technically gifted whippersnappers (a philosophy Spain are reaping the rewards of)?
Blanc wanted to pursue the second option. Quite right, many will feel. Well Done. However, how he chose to phrase his argument was far less admirable. He said:
“You have the impression that they really train the same prototype of players: big, strong, powerful … What is there that is currently big, strong, powerful? The blacks. That’s the way it is. It’s a current fact. God knows that in the training centres and football schools there are loads of them.”
Blanc is also thought to have said this:
“I’m basing this on the Spanish example where they have few problems because they don’t have any black players.”
It’s a sad state of affairs, although, in the interest of fairness, it should be noted that the French FA deny everything and this was recorded on tape by French football official/whitleblower Mohammed Belkacemi in a private meeting.
Still, no excuse is it? Let us know what you think about things with a comment below…