June 30, 2010 / 8:52 AM / 9 years ago

World-Domenech, Escalettes asked to explain French fiasco

Outgoing French Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes (R) and French soccer team outgoing coach Raymond Domenech (L) attend a French parliamentary hearing about the team's World Cup debacle at the National Assembly in Paris June 30, 2010. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - Outgoing France coach Raymond Domenech and French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes appeared before a parliamentary commission on Wednesday to explain the team’s World Cup debacle.

Domenech, whose contract ended after France’s group stage exit, and Escalettes, who resigned on Monday, avoided media by using a back door to enter the National Assembly building in Paris.

The hearing was scheduled to be public but took place behind closed doors at the request of the FFF.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter warned on Tuesday that soccer’s world governing body would suspend the FFF if France’s politicians interfered in its business.

If France were suspended, the country would be banned from international tournaments and French clubs could not take part in European competitions.

France’s disastrous campaign, marred by the players’ decision to boycott a public training session in support of expelled striker Nicolas Anelka, has sparked a national debate with senior politicians getting involved.

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