Monday, 27 August 2007

Domenech given one-match ban

France coach Raymond Domenech will miss his team's European Championship qualifying match against Italy because of comments he made to a newspaper breaching UEFA's disciplinary regulations.

Domenech was suspended for one match and fined €6,000 on Monday. The French coach has three days to decide whether to appeal the sanction, handed down "for bringing football into disrepute," after making allegations of match-fixing in Italian football.

In an interview published in Le Parisien newspaper on August 9, Domenech was quoted as saying that there had been a "bought referee" for a match between France's Under-21 side - which he once coached - and Italy during a qualifier for the Sydney Olympics.

"I've rarely been so ripped off," Domenech was quoted as saying. "When you get fooled once, there's always a doubt (afterwards). There are arrangements in Italian football."

UEFA President Michel Platini had warned that Domenech would be sanctioned unless he could provide proof of the allegations.

France visit the World champions on September 8 in a rematch of the World Cup final in a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Milan.

Source: UEFA

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