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Total meltdown in Bleus' camp
by Paul Kennedy, June 20th, 2010 12:41PM
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TAGS:  france, world cup


[FRANCE] The French national team was thrown intro disarray on Sunday when it players boycotted a public training session at its base in Knysna in support of Nicolas Anelka, who had been sent home after he insulted Coach Raymond Domenech and refused to apologize.

The move followed a dispute between captain Patrice Evra and fitness coach Robert Duverne.

Evra had earlier blamed the problems on a "traitor" who leaked what Anelka said to Domenech to the French newspaper L'Equipe.

That person has not been identified.

France team director Jean-Louis Valentin left the field in tears, saying he was not the traitor and announcing he was quitting.

“It’s a scandal for French people, for the youngsters who came here to watch them train," said Valentin. "I’m resigning, I’m leaving the Federation. I have nothing more to do here. I’m going back to Paris.”

France lost to Mexico, 2-0, on Thursday and has little chance of advancing to the second round. The Bleus play host South Africa on Tuesday in Bloemfontein.

  1. George Harrison (Jr.)
    commented on: June 20, 2010 at 5:09 p.m.
    Poetic justice for the Irish with the French falling apart before the eyes of the world? I guess cheaters don't prosper... ;o)
  1. Marty Weybret
    commented on: June 20, 2010 at 6:28 p.m.
    We've all heard of professional athletes behaving badly, but this is the worst case I can think of ... Any professional has to have experienced losing before reaching the World Cup. There's no excuse for childish behavior when the whole world has come together to watch you play a game. The least you can do take your losses and look to the future. What else do you offer others?
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 20, 2010 at 10:54 p.m.
    Les Bleus? Les Boo-hoos
  1. Robert Golden
    commented on: June 20, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.
    I was convinced there was no way South Africa would avoid being the first host nation to fail to advance to the second round. Is it possible this development has opened the door for their advancement to the round of sixteen? They would still need some help in the other game to come out ahead on goal differential, but France seems ripe for the picking in terms of a South Africa victory.

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