France head coach Raymond Domenech brought a controversial end to his six-year rein by refusing to shake the hand of South Africa counterpart Carlos Alberto Parreira.
At the finish of the 2-1 victory for Bafana Bafana — which saw both nations crash out of the World Cup — the ex-Olympique Lyonnais supremo swept aside etiquette to ignore the advance. The snub is rumoured to have centred on the Brazilian's previous declaration that France did not deserve to qualify for the tournament.
This afternoon's Group A finale symbolised the climax of the 58-year-old's crisis-hit spell in charge of Les Bleus, with former Girondins de Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc to take control after the competition.
Despite guiding the nation to the World Cup 2006 final, repeated splits within the squad came to a head this week when Nicolas Anelka was sent home after verbally abusing the boss.
The French side caused controversy by sitting out training on Sunday, with a number of the rumoured ringleaders such as skipper Patrice Evra forced to watch today's match from the substitutes' bench.