French Soccer Investigates Discrimination Report

Officials deny accusations of racial discrimination.

Posted: 04/29/2011 01:52 PM EDT
Laurent Blanc

PARIS (AP) — French soccer officials have strongly denied accusations of racial discrimination after a report claimed that the federation agreed to reduce the number of black and Arab players in national training programs.


French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy and national team coach Laurent Blanc held separate news conferences Friday to say such a move was never discussed.


Investigative website Mediapart reported on Thursday that senior staff within the federation, including Blanc, approved proposals to limit to 30 percent the number of players of African and North-African descent once they reach 13 years old.


Speaking in Bordeaux, Blanc called the report "a lie." Duchaussoy said he's confident an investigation led by the French sports minister and the federation will provide information on the matter.

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