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Henry and Anelka to forgo bonuses

  • AP, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 7:50 PM

Despite reports that Thierry Henry, named the winner of the Prix Citron by France Football for the hypocrisy he showed during and after the French player revolt at the 2010 World Cup, and Nicolas Anelka, who sparked the revolt when he was kicked off the team for refusing to apologize for insulting Coach Raymond Domenech, are the only French World Cup players who yet to agree to give up their sponsorship bonuses, the money totaling $4 million is expected to find its way to support amateur soccer in France by the end of the year.

All their teammates have signed a release, but according to Liberation, a Paris daily, Anelka was refusing to sign after being suspended for 18 games while Henry was supposedly mad for the lack of support he got from the French federation after the controversy surrounding his handball that helped qualify France for the World Cup at Ireland's expense.

On Tuesday night, Anelka said he would give the bonus himself in equal parts to French amateur soccer, a youth group and charity, insisting that the French federation could not trusted to give the money to support amateur soccer as it insisted. Fernand Duchaussoy, president of the French soccer federation, said he expected Henry to also forgo his bonus. Duchaussoy hoped to tie up all loose ends by the end of next week.

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