If the players go on strike, maybe Ireland can take their place and play their match against South Africa?
France’s players refused to train on Sunday following Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion from the squad for verbally abusing coach Raymond Domenech.
Domenech read out a statement from his squad which said: “The French Football Federation did not at any time try to protect the group.
“To show our opposition to the decision taken [on Anelka], all the players decided not to take part in training.”
The French Football Federation’s managing director subsequently quit.
Moments before a public training session was about to begin, Domenech had to separate captain Patrice Evra and fitness coach Robert Duverne.
The players then left the pitch and walked towards the bus where they had a meeting with Domenech behind closed curtains.
“I am disgusted, I am quitting my post,” FFF managing director Jean-Louis Valentin said immediately after the incident between Evra and Duverne, before driving off in his car.
“It’s a scandal for the French, for the federation and the French team.
“They don’t want to train. It’s unacceptable. As for me, it’s over. I’m leaving the federation. I’m sickened and disgusted.”
Duverne is understood to have stormed away from an argument with Manchester United left-back Evra, throwing his accreditation badge to the ground.
Earlier on Sunday, coach Domenech had played down his row with Anelka and insisted the striker could have stayed with the squad had he apologised.
Anelka was sent home after insulting Domenech during the defeat by Mexico which has left France unlikely to qualify for the last 16.
“I had another chat with him and left open the possibility for him to apologise,” said the 57-year-old. “[That was] something which he did not want to do.” (BBC Sport)
If there was a way to make this World Cup campaign any worse for the French nation then we can’t think of one. There was talk of a curse being placed on the team after they ‘cheated’ their way past Ireland, it was talk that no one paid any heed to at the time but one must wonder if there is indeed some sort of bad karma at work here.
Its got to the point that I am almost quite sad for Raymond Domenech and his squad of troublemakers…almost but not quite.