Thursday, 16 August 2007

Domenech stands his ground

France coach Raymond Domenech has stated that he will submit a file to UEFA on his match-fixing allegations against Italy.

Les Bleus face Roberto Donadoni’s Azzuri side at the San Siro on September 8 in a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier and the tactician stated last week that their toughest opponent would be the referee.

He followed up hiscomments by accusing Italy of bribing officials in some of the teams’ previous meetings, including the Under-21 qualifier for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

UEFA President and Juventus legend Michel Platini backed the Azzurri, angrily warning Domenech that he would be punished if he failed to submit evidence supporting his claims.

"UEFA have launched an investigation and I will be glad to answer their questions," said the coach on Thursday. "They have asked for a file and I will submit it. I want to answer every question, but I will not reveal its contents, out of respect for those who will examine it," added the boss.

"Am I afraid of being punished? The only fear I have is of losing matches."

The French Federation apologised to Italy after Domenech’s statements, assuring that his words were representative only of his personal opinion.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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