French Coach refuses to shake hands with South African coach after loss

June 22, 2010 by  

If the French National team managed to accomplish one thing during the 2010 World Cup, it was too reinforce every negative stereotype against France.

Putting the final touch on a truly classless performance on the field and off was French coach Raymond Domenech, who refused to shake hands with South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, following South Africa’s 2-1 victory over the French.

Domenech refused to comment on his snub afterward.



10 Responses to “French Coach refuses to shake hands with South African coach after loss”

  1. hugh.c.mcbride on June 22nd, 2010 1:36 pm

    Clearly, the blatant negatively stereotypical behaviors exhibited by the French team in the past week or so are nothing more than a transparent attempt to attract right-wingers & assorted other “freedom fries” aficianados to the World Cup.

    If the Kenyans aren’t behind all this, it’s gotta be ACORN.

  2. hugh.c.mcbride on June 22nd, 2010 1:39 pm

    *aficionados* … dammit!

  3. William K. Wolfrum on June 22nd, 2010 1:49 pm

    That one gets me every time, as well. In fact, as I asge, more and more words become completely unspellable for me.

  4. canada2014 on June 23rd, 2010 12:16 am

    here in paris there is a feeling of immense shame.

    Domenech will go down in the history books alongside Petain and Marie Antoinette for cowardice and arrogance.

    on the bright side, he has all the personality traits to head up an investment bank or oil company.

    canada in 2014 spread the word

  5. EAAW on June 23rd, 2010 4:09 am

    Canada, are you in France? If so, what is the general feeling about the players?

  6. Fiona on June 23rd, 2010 5:54 am

    How the French team have behaved at the World Cup is absolutely scandalous and it only brings shame to their country. Because of Henry’s hand-ball stunt, Ireland didn’t qualify for the World Cup and look at how they have abused their big chance in SA. Ireland may not have played any better (who knows?) but they would have done it with pride and dignity and no matter what the result, their county would have been proud of them. Domenech drove the final nail into the coffin by refusing to shake Parreira’s hand. He should be utterly ashamed of himself & should be forced to apologies publicly for his deplorable behavior. Alas, there will be no heroes welcome for the French team in Paris and rightly so. I feel sorry for all the French fans who paid a lot of money to see their national team disgrace themselves & their country in South Africa. (Fiona-Ireland)

  7. hoagie_us on June 23rd, 2010 2:30 pm wonders how this loss stacks up versus other dubious moments in french history:

  8. canada2014 on June 23rd, 2010 11:17 pm

    @EAAW. the french opinion of their team can be summed up in their return flights in Economy. yes, economy class seats. also what football tournament? there’s rugby and tennis.

    in the history books it will go along with the surrender of france in june 1940 (came into effect 70 years ago tommorow- no street parties planned!). NO MENTION. my daughter’s school history timeline completely omits this historical hiccup.

    @hoagie. took a look at your survey. can i suggest a new one. a comparison of american democracy with france and iran? the rest of the world knows the answer to that. Patriot Acts and Rendition for the poor.

  9. EAAW on June 24th, 2010 10:50 am

    @canada: how stereotipical of the french. bah, we don´t give a merde. *smokes*

  10. valrrie spencer on June 24th, 2010 12:59 pm

    domenech has got to be the most ill-bred, ill-mannered, devoid of sportsmanship person that exists in today’s world. Clearly his refusal to shake hands with his victor is a clear indicator of what he is subjecting the players to …and although not correct, must have driven Anelka to abuse him. Hope when Henri meets with Sarkozy he will tell him to exile this man..i mean domenech!!

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