The script seems to have been penned by a Fair City writer on acid, colourful dreams of a goaless games and mexican losses and now team infighting and trembling voices all coming to pass.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the French team are paying dearly for that steadying touch by Henry in Paris last November. Malheruesment France, C'est la Vie
L’Equipe have reported that Anelka is alleged to have said “Go and screw yourself, you son of a whore.” at Domenech during the half time interval against Mexico, today the French fitness coach has quit after he had to be separated from Patrice Evra at training this morning, video here
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHH4MWqiS94[/youtube] and worst of all, the manager and talisman had to appear on French TV to defend the horror show in front of the baying public.
Check out Ribery's emotional interview below, where he appears to be on the verge of tears.
For those of you without the French, he went on to say -
Of course, (the team) fell apart,” he said.
“It’s France that’s suffering, our country. I’m talking from the heart. I’m suffering. Everyone in the world is laughing at us. I’m pissed off because we’re not playing football anymore.
“The France team is a childhood dream, it’s an honour, and since Euro 2008 (when France were eliminated in the group phase) I’ve been suffering.”
To add to all this they are now hunting down the traitor within the camp who let the press know about the Anelka incident.
Malheruesment France, C'est la Vie<
Here is the statement by the French squad...
With this statement, all the players in the France squad without exception want to declare their opposition to the decision taken by the French Football Federation to exclude Nicolas Anelka from the squad.
"If we regret the incident which occurred at half-time of the match between France and Mexico, we regret even more the leak of an event which should have remained within the group and which is quite common in a high-level team.
"At the request of the squad, the player in question attempted to have dialogue but his approach was ignored.
"For its part, the French Football Federation has at no time tried to protect the squad.
"It has made a decision (to send Anelka home) without consulting all the players, on the basis of the facts reported by the press.
"Accordingly, and to mark the opposition to those at the highest level of French football, all the players decided not to train today.
"Out of respect for the public who came to attend training, we decided to go to meet the fans who, by their presence, showed their full support.
"For our part, we are aware of our responsibilities as those wearing the colours of our country. Also for those we have towards our fans and countless children who keep Les Bleus as role models.
"We forget none of our duties.
"We will do everything individually and also in a collective spirit to ensure that France regains its honour with a positive performance on Tuesday."