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France players condemned by Football Federation


The French Football Federation (FFF) has condemned Les Bleus for refusing to train in the wake of the rumpus which saw striker Nicolas Anelka sent home.

Less than 24 hours after the Chelsea forward was excluded by the FFF for rejecting an opportunity to apologise for his verbal attack on coach Raymond Domenech, the rest of the squad took matters into their own hands.

Just a few minutes after taking the field for a training session at their Knysna base in South Africa, captain Patrice Evra and fitness coach Robert Duverne became involved in an argument.

Domenech stepped in and Duverne stormed away as the players walked off and boarded the team bus. The coach returned moments later to read a statement from the squad to the assembled media in which the players laid bare their criticism of the FFF top brass.

But the FFF tonight responded with a damning verdict on the players' behaviour. A statement said: "The French delegation and its president Jean-Pierre Escalettes have noted with dismay the refusal of the French players to participate in training.

"This action is an unacceptable consequence of the eviction of Nicolas Anelka which they feel is injustice."

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