Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Anelka: 'I'm dying from laughter'
by Paul Kennedy, August 17th, 2010 6:17PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  france, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[FRANCE] French star Nicolas Anelka’s international career is effectively over following the 18-game ban he was handed by the French soccer federation (FFF) for his tirade at Coach Raymond Domenech during halftime of the France-Mexico game at the World Cup. Three other players, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan, were handed shorter suspensions for their role in the training camp mutiny in protest over Anelka's expulsion from the World Cup.

SUSPENSIONS.Evra, the French captain in South Africa, received a five-game ban, Ribery, the vice-president, was suspended three games, while Toulalan, who wrote the boycott letter issued to the press, was handed a one-game suspension. The suspensions are all subject to appeal.

Eric Abidal, the fifth player called to the four-hour disciplinary hearing, was not punished. He had already announced his international retirement.

“They are a bit bruised by the way things unfolded,” said Jean Mazzella, president of the disciplinary commission. “They didn’t think it would take on the proportions that it has, that’s for sure.”

Only Evra, Toulalan and Abidal attended the hearing. Bayern Munich, which opens the Bundesliga season at Friday, refused to let Ribery travel to Paris. Anelka also sent a lawyer in his place.

The players already have been punished financially, with the federation withholding World Cup bonuses.

All 23 World Cup players boycotted the training session two days before the final game against host. They were all suspended from the Aug. 11 friendly against Norway and had their World Cup bonuses withheld.

REACTION.Anelka wasn't upset, telling the French newspaper France-Soir that he was "dying from laughter" and had already turned the page on the national team.

"In any event," he added, "I play in blue every weekend for Chelsea."

He said the whole episode had been a "mascarade" and the FFF disciplinary commission -- which he called "true clowns" -- should also turn the page so new coach Laurent Blanc could get to work on rebuilding the national team.

Elsewhere, reaction to the suspensions was mixed. Everyone was in agreement on one thing, though. It was time to drop the matter and move forward.

Laurent Davenas, a member of the FFF commission that investigated the discipline problems at the World Cup, said Anelka's suspension was out of proportion with the others.

"Eighteen games is very severe," he said. "You might as well have banned him for life."

Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff, whose son Yoann was on the French team, said the FFF has gotten things backwards.

"Everyone has forgotten the essential thing: what happened on the field," he said in reference to France's first-round exit without a win. "No one talks about it."

FUTURE.Only Ribery and Toulalan figure to be part of Blanc's squad that will begin Euro 2012 qualifying in September.

Longtime French coach Guy Roux called the suspensions "stupid and mean."

"The FFF is without its best player [Ribery] for three games and its second best player [Toulalan] for the start of qualifying. That's great. The federation sure wants to make qualifying difficult."

As for Anelka's suspension, Roux joked, "That beard he likes to have will be white by the time he's finished his suspension."



0 comments
  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: August 18, 2010 at 8:57 p.m.
    The ENTIRE team should have faced the same suspension, Ribary and Toulalan got off light

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
TV Report: Sounders-NYCFC game draws 616,000 viewers    
The Seattle Sounders-New York City FC game averaged 616,000 viewers on ESPN, the most for an ...
What They're Saying: Jim Curtin    
"Jesse was upset with the referees, obviously. Maybe lost his temper a bit, but I've seen ...
Video Pick: Stephen Colbert on Iceland over England    
On the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host opened his monologue with a recap of ...
What They're Saying: Paris dog owner Lindsey Kent    
"Oliver is happy to mingle with people if they're friendly. But he feels a little scared ...
NASL: More rebuilding by Miami FC -- Kwadwo Poku    
Miami FC, the NASL expansion club that finished last in the Spring Season, continued its spending ...
MLS Countdown: Birnbaum back for long road slog    
A four-game road trip starts Friday for D.C. United and the return of defender Steve Birnbaum ...
MLS Moves: Fire and Gilberto part ways    
The bizarre saga of Gilberto in MLS has come to an end, allowing the Chicago Fire ...
U.S. Open Cup: PC move triggers Strikers' upset win    
The NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, who had never beaten an MLS team going back to their ...
MLS Countdown: Injury bug bites Irwin again, Bono in goal    
Forced out of game against Orlando City last weekend, Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin will miss ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I realized quickly I'm not a naturally energetic, outgoing, outspoken kind of person. I have pretty ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives