Dhorasoo annoys teammates with World Cup film

16th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

CLAIREFONTAINE, France, Aug 15, 2006 (AFP) - Paris Saint Germain midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo sought to reassure his manager and teammates on Tuesday after they expressed concern over a film he shot during France's World Cup campaign.

CLAIREFONTAINE, France, Aug 15, 2006 (AFP) - Paris Saint Germain midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo sought to reassure his manager and teammates on Tuesday after they expressed concern over a film he shot during France's World Cup campaign.

France manager Raymond Domenech indicated Tuesday in no uncertain terms that he didn't want any part of Dhorasoo's project which was made with the help of French film director Fred Poulet.

And new France captain Patrick Vieira told Dhorasoo - who has been left out of the French squad for Wednesday's friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina - that he had no right to make public private moments of France's time in Germany.

Dhorasoo, who played a peripheral role during the World Cup and did not feature in the final, also received a stern warning from the French Football Federation (FFF) that he could only go ahead and show images of the France team after getting their specific approval.

But in the face of this criticism the player went on French radio to take the heat out of the row, arguing that the documentary was a purely personal reflection on his time in Germany.

"I want to reassure everyone, I would never allow myself to take images and voice recordings from people without their permission," he said.

"I don't need to ask for authorization to show this film as it's just about me, there's no one else in it. It's my story, it's as if I'd written a personal diary which I then published.

"My Super-8 camera was my pen."

Earlier Domenech had been adamant that he didn't want to appear in the controversial documentary.

"I never gave him my approval and I won't be giving it now, that's clear," the manager said at Les Bleus' training camp here ahead of their departure for Sarajevo.

"It's better if he edits me out of it right now," Domenech insisted.

"It (the World Cup) is not something that concerns me now, it's a memory. There are those who have written about it, me for example, and others who take photos."

"I saw him filming during the World Cup, we talked about it, it was a film for him. It didn't strike me as being problematic.

"But the rules are clear concerning these major competitions. You don't have the right to show the image of the France team shirt or the faces of another player as these rights belong to the France team.

"He should change his job, in fact that's precisely what he's done. When you are observing others you can't be an actor, it's a pity."

Vieira's nose has also been put out of joint over Dhorasoo's screen memoirs.

"I wasn't aware of what he was doing. I'm surprised.

"He should be careful, as it's about the life of a group" the Inter Milan midfielder said.

"There are some things that you can't reveal. You can't publish things that the group doesn't want out in the public domain," the former Arsenal star added.

FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said he would be seeking assurances from Dhorasoo that the film didn't contravene the Federation's rights governing the filming of individuals.

"Any screening of images of the France team whether on the pitch or in training has to get authorization from us first," he told Le Parisien newspaper.

"And for the moment he hasn't had that."

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