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France's national football coach Laurent Blanc cleared

French national football coach Laurent Blanc has been cleared by the country's sports minister of race discrimination.

France's Sports Minister, Chantal Jouanno, said there was no evidence that Blanc had broken any laws, by discussing putting a quota on the number of black and Arab players representing French youth teams.

"No document has shown evidence that a racist or discriminatory philosophy has been cultivated at the national technical direction," she said.

Blanc has said his comments were taken out of context.

He and others had been discussing how to prevent French-trained players deciding to play for other countries.

  • 10 May 2011
  • From the section Europe
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