30 Apr 2011

France Federation to investigate racial claims

12:26 pm on 30 April 2011

The French football federation, the FFF, will hold an investigation into claims the ruling body planned racial quotas in youth academies to limit the number of players of black or Arab origin.

FFF chief Fernand Duchaussoy and France coach Laurent Blanc denied any knowledge of such plans in separate news conferences on Friday.

Duchaussoy said there would be an internal investigation at the Federation, however, to check claims from French website Mediapart (www.mediapart.fr) that some FFF officials wanted the quotas.