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Maradona: FIFA in anarchy under Blatter

FIFA World Cup
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 By Ian Holyman

Deschamps hits back at French media

France coach Didier Deschamps has claimed his nation's media behave just as badly as the country's much-maligned footballers.

With memories of the infamous players' strike at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the ill-discipline of some squad members, notably Samir Nasri, at Euro 2012, some of the French public have fallen out of love with Les Bleus.

In addition, two key players, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery, who were both named in Deschamps' 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday, were caught up in an underage prostitution investigation before being cleared earlier this year.

Given such precedents, the media could scrutinise the behaviour of Deschamps' men when they arrive in South America prior to their opening Group E game with Honduras on June 15.

However, when it was pointed out to Deschamps that there was a brothel 500 metres from the squad hotel in the Brazilian city of Ribeirao Preto, the former France captain suggested the media had ulterior motives for finding out such information.

"Apparently, you're better informed than me," Deschamps told monde.fr. "It's bizarre, because you must frequent the same places as the players. When we went to play in Ukraine, I also know the media's evenings were quite animated.

"Curiously, you go to the same places, but that is less well-known. Often, I find out about it all the same. Just in case. Because you might have files on the players, but I also have them on you. It's good to know what's going on. After that, each person does what they want."

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