Outgoing French football coach Raymond Domenech was given a grilling in parliament, but failed to take responsibility for his team’s chaotic World Cup campaign, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes told them there was nothing he could do to prevent a player’s revolt.
Despite FIFA warnings against the government meddling in football affairs, the pair were called to appear before MPs. The hearing took place behind closed doors.
Jean-Francois Cope, the leader of the ruling Conservatives in parliament, agreed that politicians should not be in a supervisory role. But he said that everyone seems happy about political involvement when it comes to organising the financing of France’s football stadiums.
Socialist MP Francois Loncle declared that he was pleasantly surprised by the Federation President’s decency. But he said that Domenech “has not helped his image since he refuses to show regret or apologise.”
Escalettes announced that he was stepping down on Monday after French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said his resignation was “unavoidable.”
France’s fiasco of a World Cup made headlines for all the wrong reasons, with a player’s insults to the manager, the team’s refusal to train and dismal performances on the pitch.