French Players May Boycott South Africa World Cup Match: Craziness Continues

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

France coach Raymond Domenech has said some of his players may refuse to face South Africa because of Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion from the squad.
The Chelsea striker was sent home for verbally abusing Domenech during last week’s 2-0 defeat by Mexico.
When asked whether some of his squad may not play on Tuesday, the coach said: “It is a possibility.”
Domenech also labelled the players’ decision to boycott Sunday’s training session as “an aberration”.
They refused to take part in protest at Anelka’s expulsion.
The forward was said to have abused Domenech at half-time during France’s second group game.

Anelka later refused to apologise when asked to by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.
As a consequence, a statement was issued by the FFF stating that Anelka had been excluded from the squad.
Domenech supported the federation’s actions.
“Nobody can behave in such a way in the dressing room or elsewhere and high-level sportsmen and women have to lead by example through football,” he added.

The boycott of training led to FFF’s managing director Jean-Louis Valentin quitting his post.
France captain Evra was also involved in a heated argument with fitness coach Robert Duverne prior to the scheduled session, which required the intervention of Domenech. (BBC Sport)

I just put money on France to beat South Africa so they better well all be playing! Yesterday I was musing on whether it was possible for things to get any more ridiculous and clearly it was possible and could well become so.

On the plus side if there’s a strike then Raymond Domenech may be forced to pick Thierry Henry, clearly something the French coach is very much against doing, even though he is clearly the only effective attacking weapon the country has to play up front!

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