Reports emanating from France Saturday morning underlined the scale of the rift in les Bleus’ camp, with Nicolas Anelka’s angry and very frank exchange of words with coach Raymond Domenech at half-time in the recent Mexico fixture the culmination of weeks of tension.
France Football states that with les Bleus tied 0-0 with el Tri after 45 minutes, Domenech gathered his troops in the dressing room at the interval, but Anelka was not impressed by what the coach had to say. Domenech “firmly but politely” told ‘Nico’ that he was to stop dropping deep from his centre forward role, or else he would be replaced.
“Go f*** yourself, you dirty son of a b****,” the Chelsea ace is reported to have replied.
“Ok, off you go,” Domenech said to the striker, who was by then already making his way to the shower.
RMC has reported on Saturday morning that Anelka could now be sent back home prematurely.
But the former Real Madrid striker was not the only France player to respond unprofessionally on Thursday. David Astorga, a journalist with TF1, tried to interview William Gallas on the field after the Mexico defeat, but the out-of-contract Arsenal centre-back gave him what the French call ‘the finger of honour’.
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