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May 21, 2006

Left-out Giuly hits at out at France coach

PARIS, May 21 (Reuters) - Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly says he feels robbed after being left out of the France squad for the World Cup finals by coach Raymond Domenech.

'I met all the selection criteria Domenech put forward,' Giuly, who won the Champions League with the Spanish club last Wednesday, told sports daily L'Equipe on Sunday.

'He wanted experience, players accepting they might be on the substitutes' bench, players who play for a great club and who had appeared in big games, players who don't complain,' he said. 'I did all that for Barcelona, so I either I didn't understand or Domenech has changed tack.'

Domenech named his 23-man list last Sunday with uncapped Olympique Marseille midfielder Franck Ribery taking Giuly's place in the squad.

'He should have told me face to face. It was the least he could do,' Giuly said.

The former Monaco player said he was going on holiday and would not be at the coach's disposal should a midfielder be injured before France kick off their World Cup challenge against Switzerland on June 13 in Stuttgart.

'Nobody called me to ask me to be ready just in case. He (Domenech) was not even able to do that,' he said.

Giuly scored Barcelona's goal in their 1-0 semi-final, first leg win over AC Milan in the Champions League. The goal proved decisive since the teams drew 0-0 in the return leg at the Nou Camp.

However, he has never been a key player for France, who also play Korea and Togo in their World Cup group games, scoring three goals from 17 appearances.