A police inquiry into an affair of prostitution involving an under-age call girl could not have come at a worse time for Raymond Domenech and his players just 50 days before the start of the World Cup.
So when it emerges that a player of the stature of the 27-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Ribery could face a spell in prison for having sexual relations with an under-age prostitute it’s hard to underestimate the damage that has on team morale.
Ribery and an entire nation of football fans now face an anxious wait to find out whether the judge leading the inquiry will bring charges against arguably the most gifted player in Domenech’s squad.
For sure Domenech has plenty on his plate at the moment without this latest damaging distraction which comes after Henry’s infamous handball which led to the goal that sent France to South Africa at the expense of the Republic of Ireland last November.
Really? Those are our priorities? Because let’s not forget the underage prostitute, who is a kid for crying out loud, and who has been exploited many times over by adult men.
(The bold in the quotes is mine).