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banner Wednesday, 15 November, 2000, 11:05 GMT
Djorkaeff receives death-threat
Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff will not be adding to his 67 caps
Emmanuel Petit claims that French international midfielder Youri Djorkaeff was left out of the squad for his country's friendly against Turkey after receiving death-threats.

Djorkaeff, of Armenian origin, has supported organisations publicising the alleged Turkish genocide against Armenians at the beginning of the centry.

Petit, who was a team-mate of Djorkaeff's at AS Monaco, said that it was because of this that the Kaiserslautern player was not in the squad.

"Youri's injury is not the reason he is not with us. The real reason he has refused to come is political. He has received death threats, but I do not know where they came from.

"I find it shocking that a player is prevented from doing his job. Youri isn't responsible except that he's Armenian."

French team coach Roger Lemerre had earlier rejected such a notion and put the 32-year-old's absence down to injury.

"It wasn't a good time to call upon his services. At no time did I think of this political aspect. Sport has nothing to do with that," said Lemerre.

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