World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps has re-ignited an ugly row with former France team-mate Christophe Dugarry.
The pair were teammates as part of the 1998 France team that lifted the trophy for the first time on home soil.
But Deschamps, who played for Chelsea and Juventus, has lifted the lid on a bitter 20-year feud that has seen Dugarry regularly attack him on his radio show.
Despite a glorious triumph for Les Bleus in Russia Dugarry hasn’t forgiven Deschamps for controversially omitting Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Dugarry, who had a spell at Birmingham as a player, accused Deschamps of lying and putting himself before the country by claiming the decision was for football reasons.
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And insisting the decision was over a personal grudge, Dugarry even said Deschamps ‘was holding the France team hostage’.
Deschamps, hitting back after leading his team to victory, said: "He has gone too far. Dugarry dared to say that I was holding France hostage, that is beyond all reason.
"He says what he wants, he has his radio show. We experienced some things together so I can say in all honesty, in terms of attitude, I have seen a lot better.
"But never mind – soon I’ll be 50, and I don’t have to pretend any more.
"If I had to meet him there wouldn’t even be a hello or a good evening. Each to their own path."
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