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by: JamieD On  Wednesday, June 23, 2010

There should be no disputing the fact that France have clearly been the “losers” of the 2010 World Cup thus far, but following the  post-game antics of coach Raymond Domenech after a 2-1 loss to South Africa (which eliminated them from the tournament), their label will undoubtedly change from just “losers” to “sore losers”.

As is tradition in soccer, following a match the coaches from both teams will often be seen exchanging handshakes, but when South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira extended his hand, Domenech refused to extend his.  Instead, the often criticized leader of France stood there, wagging his finger at Parreira while providing him with a few choice words.

It is believed that Domenech’s refusal stemmed from earlier words made by Parreira following France’s controversial qualification.  Domenech felt that Parreira had “offended the French team” when he said that France would not have qualified for the tournament in South Africa if it weren’t for Thierry Henry’s “shameful” handball during a playoff against Ireland in November.

I guess the truth can be quite painful to some.

Hat Tip – [TSN.ca]




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