Ligue 1 - Ginola to sue Houllier over book

Mon, 14 Nov 12:33:00 2011

Former France winger David Ginola is to sue Gerard Houllier over comments the ex-France manager made about him in his latest book.

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The case that Ginola suffered 'public insult and defamation' will be put before the High Court in Toulon on December 12.

"Gerard Houllier is a repeat offender," Ginola's lawyer Jean-Claude Guidicelli told the AFP agency. "Two years ago he had slipped up on a television programme and we had sent him a yellow card, inviting him to demonstrate more measurement and discernment. This time he has gone too far. David Ginola has decided to send him a red card."

Houllier renewed a long-standing feud between the pair in his autobiography, 'Secrets des Coachs' (The Secrets of Coaches), dating back to the failed qualifying campaign for the 1994 World Cup when Houllier was manager of France and Ginola one of the players.

Houllier, who left Aston Villa in the summer because of health problems, calls Ginola a 'b******', and holds him responsible for the defeat to Bulgaria that ultimately meant they missed out on the tournament in the USA.

Houllier criticised the one-time Paris St Germain winger for hitting out at international team-mates and ex-Marseille players Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin.

Cantona and Papin were booed throughout the Bulgaria defeat by supporters at the Parc des Princes ground after Ginola had said the duo were not worthy of a place in the team ahead of him.

"PSG play at the Parc des Princes. PSG's enemy is Marseille. When he says that Papin and Cantona should not play and that he should play instead ... he is a b****** because every time Papin or Cantona touched the ball, they were booed," Houllier wrote.

Houllier also said that then assistant coach Aime Jacquet, who five years later led France to the World Cup title, prevented him from kicking out Ginola for his remarks at the time.

"I made the mistake not to kick him out. Aime prevented me from doing it," Houllier added.

"Without him (Ginola) we would have qualified."

Reuters / Eurosport

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