Wednesday 18 October 2017

Domenech snubs SA coach over handball jibe

Neil Maidment

FRANCE concluded a disastrous World Cup campaign with one more controversy when coach Raymond Domenech refused to shake hands with his opposite number after South Africa's 2-1 victory.

The result sent both countries out of the World Cup in what was each coach's last game in the national hot seat, after Mexico and Uruguay sealed the last 16 spots.

Domenech, however, reserved all his remaining good will for his players and countrymen and none for Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

The Frenchman, who greeted members of his beleaguered squad with a handshake after the match, refused to give a reason for snubbing Parreira.

The Brazilian was more forthcoming, if a little bemused. "[Domenech said to me] I don't want to talk to you because you make bad words against my national team... For the life of me I can't remember what I have said," the 67-year-old told reporters.

Parreira said a French assistant told him he "made a comment to the effect that France perhaps shouldn't have been here" after Thierry Henry's infamous handball.

"I do not remember to quote something like this," said Parreira, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994.

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