Rugby: French players upset over TV coverage

15th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 14, 2007 (AFP) - French rugby officials have banned the broadcasting of television coverage from their team's changing-room until after the World Cup is over following complaints from several players.

PARIS, Sept 14, 2007 (AFP) - French rugby officials have banned the broadcasting of television coverage from their team's changing-room until after the World Cup is over following complaints from several players.

The move follows the shattering 12-17 loss to Argentina in the World Cup opener in Paris last Friday, a result that has poured the pressure on coach Bernard Laporte and his players.

The French team management had agreed to allow TF1 television cameras during the World Cup to film inside the team's changing room, before the match, at half-time and after the final whistle and broadcast the footage when they wanted to.

But several players, including backs Frederic Michalak and Clement Poitrenaud and forwards Sebastien Chabal and Thierry Dusautoir said they were unhappy with this arrangement.

"It's what the players want," said Laporte. "Some of them feel inhibited by the presence of a camera, because they know that it could be exploited afterwards.

"If it reaches the stage that it could affect their performances, it is time to say no."

French team spokesman Lionel Rossigneux said that TF1 cameras would still be allowed to film inside the changing-room during the games, but would be forbidden from broadcasting until after the World Cup was finished.

Team captain Rafael Ibanez said it was all a matter of timing.

"There is nothing to stop television cameras from being present with a view to bringing out a documentary after the World Cup is over," he said.

"It was uncomfortable for us to see some of the footage being shown on television as soon as the following day.

"As soon as we lose, the smallest of details sometimes get blown out of all proportions."

AFP

Subject: French news

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