French football chiefs were accused Thursday of using secret quotas to limit the number of black and Arab players in training programmes. French national team coach Laurent Blanc denies allegations that he supported the quotas.
French investigative website Médiapart published a report Thursday that claimed to reveal a system of racial discrimination against young football players in national training programmes. Citing sources from within the French Football Federation (FFF), the website reported that academies had been asked to recruit no more than 30 percent of their players over the age of 12 or 13 from among blacks or Arabs.
The president of the FFF, Fernand Duchaussoy, immediately denied the allegations, saying he had “never heard anything about it” and that “it would be totally abnormal for that to be going on”, in an interview with AFP on Thursday.
Date created : 2011-04-29