Blatter warns Sarkozy against meddling in French football
FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Tuesday warned President Nicolas Sarkozy and other French politicians against any meddling in the affairs of the French Football Federation, DPA reported.
"Political meddling will be sanctioned by FIFA. French football can rely on FIFA if there is interference, even at the presidential level," the world ruling body boss Blatter said in Johannesburg.
Blatter said he regretted the resignation of ederation boss Jean- Pierre Escalettes, who announced he was stepping down on Monday.
The sporting and disciplinary overhaul of Les Bleus after the disastrous showing at the World Cup in South Africa has become a state affair the past few days.
Sarkozy invited star striker Thierry Henry for talks at the Elysee palace last week.
And FIFA, which prohibits state intervention of any form, was alarmed by the resignation demands of French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot for Escalettes.
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke has already warned the French as the Frenchman said: "We are watching intently."
France were eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup. Their final match was preceded by a dressing room bust-up between coach Raymond Domenech and striker Nicolas Anelka, following which the player was sent home.