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Bordeaux rule out Zidane

Zinedine Zidane will not be appointed coach of Girondins de Bordeaux next season, the Ligue 1 club’s president Jean-Louis Triaud said on Wednesday, ending speculation about a return to his former club. “No, Zidane will not be the future coach of Bordeaux,” Triaud told French radio station RTL. “I’m not going to deny that we have kept in touch regularly. Unfortunately, that hasn’t allowed us to be able to recruit Zidane. There is certainly a concern for Zinedine Zidane, it’s his attachment to Real Madrid. You can’t ignore the fact his two children are part of the club’s academy or that his family is very settled in Madrid having lived there for over 11 years, it’s a complicated situation.” Zidane, who turns 42 next month, is currently serving as an assistant coach to Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. Zidane played for Bordeaux from 1992 to 1996, but with the 1998 Ballon d’Or winner now out of the picture, widespread media reports in France suggested that former France international Willy Sagnol was the favorite to be handed the job.


PSG facing UEFA charges

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against French champions Paris Saint-Germain following allegations of racism by their fans during last month’s UEFA Champions League tie with Chelsea. UEFA are looking into claims of “racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda” during the first leg of the quarter-final clash in Paris on April 2. PSG won 3-1 at the Parc des Princes, but were eliminated by Chelsea on away goals a week later following a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in London.


Squad told to avoid beef

The nation’s players are being banned from eating beef, a move aimed at avoiding positive doping tests from meat contaminated with the performance-enchancing drug clenbuterol. Coach Miguel Herrera said on Wednesday he had told his players more than a month ago not to eat red meat. During the 2011 Gold Cup, five Mexico players tested positive for clenbuterol, a muscle-building drug. The Mexican Football Federation eventually cleared the players of doping. The World Anti-Doping Agency accepted what it termed “compelling evidence” that meat in Mexico was contaminated with clenbuterol and produced the positive tests. Mexican authorities have acknowledged that the drug, which is banned in the sports world, has been used in the country to fatten cattle.


No sex please: Herrera

Manager Miguel Herrera wants his players to avoid sex during the World Cup in Brazil, joking it will be OK to look at, but not touch bikini-clad women. The fiery coach said he would not ban his 23 men from any hanky panky, but that he would prefer they practice abstinence during the month-long tournament. “I am not thinking about prohibiting sex, nor that they would have it,” Herrera told a press conference on Wednesday. “I am thinking about football and I hope that the boys are thinking about football because nobody has died from practicing abstinence for 40 days. Some people are virgins until marriage and they are 20 or 25 years old. So, please, nobody will die for 40 days.” Asked whether the rule applies to the coaching staff, Herrera said he would be too busy drawing up tactics against Group A rivals Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon to think about anything else.

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