New revelations regarding the France camp at the World Cup keep coming on a daily basis, and L’Equipe has reported that Raymond Domenech was ready to walk away from his post in charge of les Bleus midway through the tournament.
Things started to fall apart for France during the half-time interval of their second game. Tied 0-0 with Mexico, there was a significant bust-up in the dressing room between Nicolas Anelka and coach Domenech. ‘Nico’ was sent home by the FFF (Federation Francaise de Football) and the players responded on the Sunday by refusing to train. It was at this point that Domenech, who was due to leave the role after the World Cup in any case, had considered quitting.
Goalkeeping coach Bruno Martini reportedly broke down in tears while Domenech packed his bags and announced that he was leaving, but only the intervention of Djibril Cisse, who apologised on behalf of the players, kept the coach from departing.
Meanwhile, Stephane Ruffier has contradicted the assertions of France captain Patrice Evra, who previous indicated that each member of the squad was a willing participant in the strike that caused such a massive stir and seemingly signalled the death knell of les Bleus’ campaign.
“There are players who did not want to do that,” the Monaco goalkeeper told Canal+. “I think people know. There are players who, deep down, did not have the same decision. I followed the group because I had just arrived [to replace the injured Cedric Carrasso], and for me it was not easy to do something different.”
Les Bleus’ campaign ended in embarrassment as they lost 2-1 to hosts South Africa, with Yoann Gourcuff dismissed early in the game.
Domenech will stand in front of the National Assembly on Wednesday to give his version of events in South Africa as the inquest on France's flop continues.
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