The saga surrounding the French Football Federation and its racism allegation has deepened after Technical director Francois Blaquart was suspended from his post at the FFF.

A French website called Mediapart had made allegations claiming that the FFF had met on November 2010 to limit the numbers of black players and those of north African origin entering the French national training centres and academies up to age 12. Even France national coach Laurent Blanc is said to have attended the meeting though he strongly denied the claims.

French sports minister Chantal Jouanno and FFF president Fernand Duchaussoy released a joint statement, confirming Blaquart's suspension before going on to deny the allegations.

(The suspension is) pending the outcome of investigations by the FFF and the IGJS (Inspectorate General of Youth and Sports), who will relay their findings in eight days. said the statement.

The FFF reaffirms that none of its elected bodies has validated or even contemplated a policy of quotas for the recruitment of its training centres.