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Kids rejected

Domenech blasts French security

June 4, 2010
By Soccernet staff

France coach Raymond Domenech has blasted the squad's security team after they blocked 200 children from watching their training session.

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The French squad, who are training on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, were blocked from view as security were under orders to limit the open session to a maximum of 3,000 supporters.

But around 200 children, proudly wearing the blue French jersey, were left disappointed after being stopped from seeing their heroes.

"The fact 200 fans stayed at the door is unacceptable," Domenech told reporters. "They were kids, not hooligans. I don't know who took the decision but it's a scandal. The players were looking forward to seeing lots of kids in the stadium and there were plenty of empty seats.

"There was something missing from what I wanted to see here and that was those 200 kids who could not come in," added Domenech.

Meanwhile, France striker Nicolas Anelka has received the backing of his Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, ahead of the tournament in South Africa.

The Blues boss said: "Nicolas is versatile and can do anything. With me this season he played in several different positions.

"He is excellent when he gets the ball in the gap, his pace hurts a lot. In the box, he can keep his calm and be very efficient - he has the elegance of Dutch legend Marco van Basten." France kick off their campaign against Uruguay on June 11.