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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 9, 2007

Domench fumes as Rugby ruins Parc des Princes pitch

CLAIREFONTAINE, France, Sept 9 (Reuters) - France coach Raymond Domenech has expressed concerned about the condition of the pitch at the Parc des Princes, where his side play Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday. On Sunday, South Africa take on Samoa in a rugby World Cup match at the stadium and Domenech feared the pitch would be worn after 80 minutes of play. France's game has been scheduled at the Parc des Princes because the Stade de France, on the outskirts of Paris, is being used during the rugby World Cup. 'They are going to erode the pitch, plus it seems that they are the two biggest packs of the World Cup. It's not normal to play like that with three days' break,' Domenech told reporters on Sunday. 'We need a flat pitch. We will have to adapt, play in the air...I'm quite upset, you can't change the grass in three days.' France, who drew 0-0 at the San Siro against Italy on Saturday, lead qualifying Group B with 19 points from eight games. Scotland are second on 18 points with world champions Italy in third on 17. Italy travel to Ukraine on Wednesday.

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