French football chief confirms Domenech dismissal
French football chief Fernand Duchaussoy confirmed today that former national coach Raymond Domenech has been sacked for "gross misconduct".
Domenech's contract as manager of Les Bleus came to an end after the former world champion's disastrous 2010 FIFA World Cup™ campaign, but he had remained on the payroll of the French Football Federation.
Duchaussoy said: "Raymond Domenech received his letter of dismissal for gross misconduct with no negotiation on Friday. If he wishes he has the right to lodge an appeal before the courts. But considering the clauses in the contract I would be shocked by that."
Domenech was charged with a number of faults, including refusing to shake the hand of South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira after the hosts' 2-1 win over France in South Africa.
Duchaussoy also accused Domenech "of failing to warn the (FFF) president (at the time Jean-Pierre Escalettes) who was there in person of the events which took place at half-time in the France-Mexico game."
The acting president of the FFF was making reference to Nicolas Anelka's clash with Domenech which led to the striker being sent home and his team-mates' infamous training strike.
Domenech was also under fire for reading out a letter written by the players explaining their decision to strike to the world's media, a statement that was critical of the FFF.
Duchaussoy, in Sarajevo for France's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, has known and worked with the man he has just fired for many years.
He reflected: "Domenech, I worked with him when I was involved in amateur football and I never had a problem with him, but now, with this affair, I've signed his letter of dismissal. I never saw myself one day sacking Raymond Domenech, but there you are."
Under French law, dismissal for gross misconduct means the person sacked has no rights to severance pay although he can dispute the reasons for the charge before an industrial tribunal.
Anelka, captain Patrice Evra, vice-captain Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan have all received varying bans for their role in the South African episode.
France lost two and drew one of their matches in South Africa, going out of the competition in the first round group stage.