Blanc observes moment of silence for Roland

France coach Laurent Blanc observed a moment’s silence on

Saturday for veteran French television commentator Thierry Roland,

who has died at the age of 74.

French reports say Roland died of a stroke in the early hours of

Saturday morning.

Blanc and the team’s press officer stood in silence for a few

seconds before France’s scheduled news conference.

Roland covered 13 World Cups and nine European Championships but

was too ill to attend Euro 2012.

Blanc said ”on behalf of the French team, the staff and the

players, we would like to offer our condolences to Thierry’s

family.”

French football league president Frederic Thiriez, who spoke

with Roland after France’s 2-0 win against Ukraine on Friday night,

added that ”Thierry’s passing causes me great pain.”