Ligue 1 news

Blanc accused of sexist comments

December 19, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Laurent Blanc has been accused of sexism after mocking a female journalist who asked a question about the Paris Saint-Germain coach's tactical strategy.

Laurent Blanc
GettyImagesBlanc was appointed PSG boss in the summer.

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Blanc switched from 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation earlier in the season and has been rewarded by seeing his team climb to the top of the Ligue 1 table and march into the last 16 of the Champions League.

In a news conference on Tuesday, Swedish journalist Johanna Franden, correspondent in France for the Aftonbladet newspaper, enquired as to Blanc's reasons for making the change, but had not even finished her question before the former Bordeaux and France coach replied: "A woman talking tactics, that's beautiful, that's fantastic," and asked: "Do you know what 4-3-3 means?"

When Franden replied, "It's my job to know what it is", Blanc attempted to make amends for his comments, stating: "Yes, there are several ways of playing. I was joking."

Blanc's comments echo those of Bernard Lacombe, former Lyon player and coach and currently special advisor to OL president Jean-Michel Aulas, who told a female radio listener last March: "I don't talk football with women, that's my way of looking at things. They should go back to their pots and pans." Lacombe later apologised for his comments.

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