Domenech, the shameless lie


By: Manu Tournoux

Did Raymond Domenech lie during his tenure at the helm of the France team? One of his former players openly accuses him.

Raymond Domenech and the Blues, a decidedly tumultuous story. The Knysna mark is indelible in the history of the France team – this surreal strike episode in the middle of the 2010 World Cup after a clash between the national coach and Nicolas Anelka. But it was a completely different event which deeply marked Samir Nasri under the orders of the former Rhone defender.

In an interview given to Canal+ – a channel for which he is now a consultant – and directed by Hervé Mathoux, the former French international admits his aversion towards Raymond Domenech, certainly admitting to being “ rather resentful “. “ I do not like him », trumpets the Marseillais frankly, while recounting the memory that remains stuck in his throat.

An unfounded rumor

According to Raymond Domenech, Samir Nasri before Euro 2008 would have had fun during an international gathering knocking on the doors of some of his teammates to make them believe that they were not included in the group called to play the championship of Europe. “ I have never done it. It's wrong ! He lies like he breathes », thunders the man who at the time was playing his last season at OM, before joining Arsenal.

I was coming off a season where I had meningitis. I hadn't performed well throughout the season. I was unsure if I was one of the seven leaving, so I was in my room. Someone came and knocked on my room to make me believe that someone was coming. But I'm mad at him for spreading these rumorssays Samir Nasri. I don't know why he said that. Maybe because I trashed him for years in interviews… »

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