CLAIREFONTAINE/FRANCE: Paris Saint Germain midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo has run into trouble over a film he made documenting France’s World Cup campaign.
France manager Raymond Domenech indicated on Tuesday in no uncertain terms that he didn’t want any part of Dhorasoo’s project which was made with the help of French film director Fred Poulet. And new France captain Patrick Vieira told Dhorasoo he had no right to make public private moments of France’s time in Germany. Dhorasoo also received a stern warning from the French Football Federation (FFF) that he could only go ahead and show images of the France team after getting their specific approval.
Domenech was adamant he didn’t want to appear in the controversial documentary. “I never gave him my approval and I won’t be giving it now, that’s clear,” the manager said at
Les Bleus’ training camp here ahead of their departure for Sarajevo to take on Bosnia in a Euro 2008 warm-up on Wednesday.
“It’s better if he edits me out of it right now,” Domenech insisted. “It (the World Cup) is not something that concerns me now, it’s a memory. There are those who have written about it, me for example, and others who take photos. I saw him filming during the World Cup, we talked about it, it was a film for him. It didn’t strike me as being problematic.
“But the rules are clear concerning these major competitions. You don’t have the right to show the image of the France team shirt or the faces of another player as these rights belong to the France team.
“He should change his job, in fact that’s precisely what he’s done. When you are observing others you can’t be an actor, it’s a pity.”
Vieira’s nose has also been put out of joint over Dhorasoo’s screen memoirs. “I wasn’t aware of what he was doing. I’m surprised. He should be careful, as it’s about the life of a group,” the Inter Milan midfielder said.
“There are some things that you can’t reveal. You can’t publish things that the group doesn’t want out in the public domain,” the former Arsenal star added.