Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol has responded to questions in his pre-match press conference today surrounding the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail-sextape affair.
He had the following to say on the subject:
“It annoys me… for Valbuena, because I think that he is someone who does not cheat and who, when he plays for his club and through his performances for the French national team, gives everything… And who seems to truly love the French shirt, as well… On the other hand, I also know Karim. I played with him and he is everything but the person that certain media outlets are trying to paint him as… So, my heart balances a bit. But it is a story that is everything but good for football. I hope that it will be sorted out as quickly as possible.”
What does Didier Deschamps do in a position like this?
“Sadly, I think that at a certain moment, even Didier will not have a word to say… Or not… We will see! But all managers already have a good number of problems to deal with, and to deal with things outside of football, it is generally more complicated…”