Ligue 1 - Lyon ban headphones

Eurosport - Tue, 03 Aug 16:18:00 2010

Lyon have banned their players from wearing headphones in public, according to defender Aly Cissokho.

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Manager Claude Puel issued the directive after Ligue 1 champions Marseille and promoted club Brest followed France coach Laurent Blanc in banning headsets.

"The coach has asked us not to wear these headphones," Cissokho revealed at a press conference. "We do not have the right, there is no choice in the matter."

Such headsets are often worn in large sizes and are as much a fashion statement as a mode of listening to music.

They have been viewed in France as a symbol of the dissociation of footballers from fans, a representation of an ego-driven culture that added to the isolation from the team ethic and officials that culminated in the now infamous training walk-out during the World Cup.

Cissokho, who was not called up by former France boss Raymond Domenech for the ill-fated World Cup, is in Blanc’s squad for the friendly with Norway this weekend.

Blanc decided to omit all 23 players who took part in the South African debacle, and Cissokho is looking to exploit his chance.

"I hope to take part," he continued. "This gives an opportunity for some of the players selected to show their ability.

"The coach made his choice not to take any of the World Cup players. It was a blow to miss out on the World Cup.

"But, after what happened, with the internal problems that came to light within the group, it was better to be on holiday," he added with a smile.


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