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France coach Domenech appealing suspension

France coach Domenech appealing suspension

France coach Raymond Domenech is appealing his suspension over comments he made to a newspaper about match-fixing in Italian soccer.
Domenech will miss his team's European Championship qualifying match against Italy because UEFA suspended him Monday for one match and fined him 6,000 euros (US$8,200).
Domenech decided to appeal the suspension after talking with French soccer federation chief Jean-Pierre Escalettes, the FFF said yesterday in a statement.
French soccer officials will "do everything so that the national coach is able to effectively lead the France team on September 8," the statement said.
France visits world champion Italy on September 8 in a rematch of the World Cup final.
In an interview published August 9 in Le Parisien newspaper, Domenech was quoted as saying that there had been a "bought referee" for a match between France's youth squad - which he once coached - and Italy during a qualifier for the Sydney Olympics.
"I've rarely been so ripped off," Domenech was quoted as saying. "When you get fooled once, there's always a doubt (afterward). There are arrangements in Italian soccer."
UEFA said he was punished "for bringing football into disrepute."