Domenech Refuses to Leave Well Enough AloneBy: Martha | August 16th, 2007
When Raymond Domenech revealed the names of the 35 players he was inviting into camp with the French national team this morning, one of the primary reactions from those in Italy was probably relief: Despite the fact that both had the audacity to criticize his “OMG ITALIANS CHEAT!” outburst earlier this week, Domenech called both David Trezeguet and Philippe Mexes into camp. It seemed as if maybe his sanity (such as it is) had returned, and the France coach was going to keep his mouth shut and just and focus on getting his team ready to play Italy.
As if. Just a few hours later, Domenech was back before the press, standing behind his charges and pledging to submit the requested dossier to UEFA. “UEFA have launched an investigation and I will be glad to answer their questions. They have asked for a file and I will submit it. I want to answer every question, but I will not reveal its contents, out of respect for those who will examine it.” Because he’s nothing but class and decorum, that Raymond. (Apart, I mean, from when he’s shouting unsubstantiated charges of corruption. Other than that, he’s really well-behaved and respectful.)
Sadly, there’s no indication of when this Dossier of Doom will be submitted, or when UEFA is hoping to conclude their investigation. At the very least, we can be quite sure this isn’t going away any time soon.