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Domenech dismisses bonus claims

PARIS, November 24- France coach Raymond Domenech on Monday dismissed claims that he had received a bonus of 862,000 euros for successfully guiding the side to next year's World Cup finals.RAYMOND_DOMENECH_The combative 57-year-old – whose team reached the finals in controversial circumstances last Wednesday as Thierry Henry’s double handball set up the decisive goal in the 2-1 aggregate victory over the Republic of Ireland – told France Bleu that France Football’s claims over his bonus were way over the mark.

"The figure they cite is totally astounding," said Domenech, who has never won over the French fans despite taking the team to the 2006 World Cup final.

"If it really was that, I would be as happy as anything.

"But it is way over the mark. I won’t even try and contradict the information because it is their usual editorial line. It is a lie. Money is not my motivation.

"If I was coach of a club, I would be earning 10-times the amount I am at the moment.

"It is not a question of money. It was Roger Lemerre (France coach from 1998-2002) who said that ‘We have one function, one real role, to be coach of France, that is enough’. I would do it for free, it is an honour to have such a post."

Domenech said that football treated its best paid people with less respect than other sports.

"In tennis, one hears of this and that tournament with astonishing prizemoney. In motorsport the wages are astronomical. In golf, the more money one wins the more one is respected. In football it is the reverse.

"One is given the impression that those who make money in football are cheating.

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"It is astonishing."

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  1. jomat

    May 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Uhuru, please do not speak about “unity” and “bond” of brotherhood in Kenya. Kenya is one of the worst countries in Africa divided over tribalism. The 43 tribes do not like each other. The “so-called” peace and harmony is just a veneer, beneath which there is only hatred and spirit of revenge. Kenya is still a tribal nation. The recent election proved it. It has elected a man who is supported by mungiki, the most feared murderers in Kenya.

    • flex

      May 27, 2013 at 7:01 am

      You are so naive.

  2. Tony Onoja

    May 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Mr Uhuru Kenyatta hit the nail on the head when he aptly remarked that Africa must inspire her people, “to once again take their destiny in their own hands, to cultivate faith and confidence in the ability of Africa to address her problems and craft appropriate solutions to deal with them.” Africa need to really “deliver on an Africa at peace with itself, driven by its people, an Africa that is prosperous, but that shapes its own destiny and determines its international relations in a humane, just and equitable manner.”. How I wish African leaders could read the underlying need for the above statement. Its the pathway for extricating ourselves from imperialism and neocolonialism then forging an African economic growth and development pathway. Thanks Uhuru for this advice.

  3. admetun

    May 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Welcome and Well done Mr.Kenyata,for the reflection on the legacy of the founding fathers in respect to working for the realization of African Unity,Please work hard to correct to bring unity among people and fight Tribalism and Ethnicity the real enemy of all africans and open the 2nd chapter of the wish of the founding fathers,God Bless you and Wish all the Best…

  4. shavz

    May 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

    well that was properly spirited and downright inspiring

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