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
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
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.”