Girondins de Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol is facing a barrage of criticism, after the former France and Bayern Munich player seemed to suggest, that African players lacked intelligence and discipline. In an interview with local newspaper Sud-Ouest on Tuesday, Sagnol declared : “The advantage of the typical African player is that he is not expansive when you take him, he is generally ready to fight and he is powerful on the pitch. But football is not just that, it’s also technique, intelligence, discipline.”
While reactions flowed immediately and former France player Lilian Thuram said : “It is damaging that someone can hint that the African players lack this or that quality “, SOS Racisme affirmed that it is a ” laid-back anti black racism”. The French organization also asked that the LFP (French League), FFF (French Football Federation) and the Sports ministry take immediate sanctions. They are also considering suing the French coach for his declarations.
In spite of the reactions these declarations have triggered, Bordeaux President, Jean-Louis Triaud, decided to support the coach, saying on Wednesday that the interpretation of Sagnol’s remarks were ‘malicious’.
Emmanuel Trumer 3F