Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna and Yoann Gourcuff were all prepared to ignore France’s strike on Sunday, according to a report on the website of Le Nouvel Observateur, a weekly news magazine, nearly coming to blows with several of the squad’s senior members over the incident.
France have been eliminated from the World Cup, but their campaign has been hugely controversial. After a falling out between Nicolas Anelka and coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of the 2-0 reverse against Mexico, les Bleus refused to train on Sunday. Not all the players were unanimously in favour of the strike it would seem.
Lloris, Sagna and Gourcuff reportedly wanted to train, making their feelings known on the bus that the players were kept on. It is suggested that Franck Ribery, Eric Abidal and Patrice Evra were vehemently against the idea and nearly came to blows with their colleagues over the incident. France Football states that “the fight was narrowly averted”.
Evra, who captained the side in their opening two matches before dropping to the bench for Tuesday’s finale against South Africa, has already stated that he will reveal all over the behind the scenes goings on in the France dressing room in a press conference later this week.
A video report on the French team arriving home.
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