They’re Back: France World Cup Players Decide To Train Today

The soap opera continues.

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Jun 19, 2010 - Knysna, South Africa - Jean Pierre ESCALETTES and Patrice EVRA at a France national team press conference following the exclusion of N. Anelka from the World Cup 2010 in Knysna.

France players returned to training on Monday, ending their boycott in protest at the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka.
The players started some light running at 1100 local time at the Field of Dreams training complex in Knysna before a period of stretching.
The squad were then given some tactical advice during the remainder of the 25 minutes that were open to the press.
Anelka was sent home on Saturday after he verbally abused coach Raymond Domenech and then refused to apologise.
His team-mates opted to not take part in training on Sunday and the French Football Federation’s (FFF) managing director subsequently quit over their actions.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has since intervened to try to defuse the situation.
Sarkozy asked French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot to extend her stay in South Africa and meet with the players, coach and FFF chief Jean-Pierre Escalettes on Monday.

We want to forget all about this catastrophe, this absolute disaster of a World Cup, the most shameful episode in the history of our football
French football journalist Philippe Auclair
The FFF has apologised to the people of France for the way their team is behaving.
It said the squad’s refusal to train was unacceptable and that it would hold an inquiry once France’s World Cup campaign was over. (BBC Sport)

So that’s nice of the players. Decided to turn up to training today and who knows probably had arguments amongst themselves before turning their mutual hatred on Raymond Domenech who then probably shrugged his shoulders and started planning in next starting line-up, making very certain that Thierry Henry wasn’t among those on his list.


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