It was an inevitable question for Hervé Renard. With the end of the strike of the Spanish world champions and a women's Roja entangled in the Rubiales affair, the opinion of the coach of the Blues was expected in a press conference this Thursday. But the French technician preferred to kick in touch.
"Only football interests me, the rest tires me," he told the media in Valenciennes before the Nations League match against Portugal this Friday at 21 pm.
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This Wednesday evening, the majority of Spanish internationals, on strike since the Rubiales affair, agreed Wednesday to return to the selection to face Sweden in the League of Nations, while the Spanish Federation (RFEF) announced the departure of its secretary general. "I'm not even aware, I don't read this information, even if I can understand that there are things," replied the coach of the women's France team.
"It's not my responsibility"
Two affected players, Mapi Leon and Patri Guijarro, confirmed they were leaving the national team's training camp, despite an agreement with the government and the federation to end the strike. Victor Francos, Secretary of State for Sport, said there would be no sanctions against them. A news that obviously did not interest Hervé Renard. "I'm focused and I love football, the rest is not my responsibility," he concluded.
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Six days ago, when the list was announced, the boss of the Blues had already had critical remarks on the Rubiales affair. "I'll be honest, I've left out all these extra-sporting stories, they bother me a bit. I can understand that it can be controversial, it is certainly something that should not happen but it happened. (...) There are probably settling scores behind, we take a step back, "he explained.
In full, the Blues must face Portugal this Friday before moving to Austria next Tuesday.