Laurent Blanc isn’t racist and gets to keep his job
Noir or Blanc – it don’t matter
Well, we got that wrong didn’t we? Last week The Spoiler said that Laurent Blanc was as good as sacked as France boss following comments he made in a private meeting that were subsequently made non-private.
Since then though, French Sports minister, Chantal Jouanno, has dismissed the claims that Blanc is racist and an inquiry also found the ‘quota system’ that was discussed hadn’t been put in place and there was no evidence to suggest it ever would be…
The Spoiler told you about the comments that Blanc made last week. Comments that Jouanno said were:
“Both clumsy and clearly uncalled-for.”
Clearly. Anyway, he’s been deemed not racist and, as we said, the investigation also cleared him wanting a quota-system for dual-nationality players.
However, there seems to be some confusion over the quota system and what the problems with it were. Firstly, it’s NOT about black players or non-white players – it’s about players who can play for more than one country. Here’s how Paul Doyle succinctly explained it in his tip-top Guardian blog:
“Consider this: a boy called, say, Marmaduke, is born in London. His father is Japanese, his mother is German. By his mid-teens he’s such a good footballer that England U-16s are considering picking him and the FA is contemplating giving him a place in its elite training academy (this is the future, see, and England has such a thing).
“However, there is only one place available and there is another equally talented candidate, who was also born in London but to exclusively English parents and grandparents, which means that, unlike with Marmaduke, there is no prospect of him choosing to play for Japan or Germany at a later date (unless, of course, he goes to live there and acquires a passport under naturalisation laws). Which player should the FA give the place to? How should the decision be made?”
As Doyle said in his piece, the alleged racist comments and the quota thing seem to have got muddled in people’s minds and have become one issue. Actually, they are two very separate issues – both of which Blanc has been cleared of any wrong-doing regarding.