Which former Liverpool boss had Ribery threatening to ‘give him a slap’?

Franck Ribery and Gerard Houllier certainly don't appear to be the best of friends.

French football certainly has its ups and downs when it comes to controversies among the players; they could probably even rival England when it comes down to that matter.

Just this weekend past the latest controversy to hit Les Bleus cropped up, as Manchester United defender Patrice Evra revealed his dislike for some of French footballs legends - in particular fellow left-back Bixente Lizarazu.

It was a sustained and viscous attack, which has him in hot water with the French Football Federation … again.

But the latest scandal involves a player that Evra dubbed the best in the world in the same interview … Franck Ribery.

The Bayern Munich midfielder has been in great form for both club and country in recent weeks and is finally living up to the billing as one of the most naturally talented players currently playing the game.

It also involves a name familiar to Premier League fans, especially those of a Liverpool and Aston Villa disposition.

Gerard Houllier now works as the sporting director for Red Bull covering the New York, Salzburg and Leipzig brands - as well as working as a commentator, pundit and occasional consultant for the national team.

But according to reports in France this week Ribery, who has a reputation for being a rather spiky character, reportedly told Houllier what he thought of some of the criticism the 66 has aimed at Ribery in recent years when they were in mutual attendance of the dressing room after France demolished Australia earlier this month.

It is alleged he shouted:

"It is not what you have said about me. Fortunately, I respect you, otherwise I would have given you a slap! "

When asked about the apparent altercation Houllier did not deny its occurrence, instead preferring to talk about the upcoming fixtures with Ukraine in the play-off for World Cup 2014.

I think it has done Ribery the world of good not slapping Houllier. Doing so would certainly have put him down in many people’s estimations, including my own.

I mean slapping a 66-year-old with a history of heart problems is never going to look good on your CV.

What do you make of the apparent altercation?

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