Domenech gets one-match ban

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 28, 2007 (AFP) - France coach Raymond Domenech has been suspended for one match and fined 10,000 Swiss Francs (6,000 euros/8,000 dollars) by UEFA on Monday for bringing the game into disrepute.

PARIS, Aug 28, 2007 (AFP) - France coach Raymond Domenech has been suspended for one match and fined 10,000 Swiss Francs (6,000 euros/8,000 dollars) by UEFA on Monday for bringing the game into disrepute.

Domenech will miss France's key European qualifier against Italy on September 8 as a result.

The French coach has three days to appeal the decision taken by European football's Control and Disciplinary board following inappropriate remarks made in an interview to French newspaper Le Parisien earlier this month.

Domenech alluded to "a referee being bought" during a tie between France and Italy's under-21 sides in 1999. Domenech was coach of the junior French team at the time.

The French Football Federation said it would hold talks with Domenech on Tuesday.

"Raymond Domenech acknowledges the decision. There's no reaction. He will hold talks from Tuesday with the federation and they will make a decision together on what action to take in regard to the UEFA decision," a FFF spokesman said.

The comments come amid the fall-out from the 2006 World Cup final which France lost to Italy after French star Zinedine Zidane was sent off for headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.

The European qualifier is crucial for qualification with France winning their home time 3-1 at Stade de France.

France lead Group B with 18 points, two points ahead of Italy with Scotland on 15.

A suspended coach is banned from the touchline and the dressing rooms during a match but can watch as a spectator in the stadium and give instrucitons by mobile telephone.

AFP

Subject: French news

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