The game between France & Mexico in South Africa was notable for a number of reasons. France put in arguably the most abject performance of the tournament, including Nicolas Anelka politely telling Raymond Domenech to fluff himself, with the cherry the player strike shortly thereafter. Turns out not paying the utmost consideration to one’s duties was something of a trend that day – a Swiss doctor is in hot water for watching the game while performing abdominal surgery.
The French Football Federation has handed down punishments to the players involved in the infamous World Cup 2010 revolt. Big loser is Monsieur Nicolas Anelka, who started the whole thing by suggesting that coach Raymond Domenech do something anatomically impossible during halftime of the 2-0 defeat to Mexico.
Anelka received an 18 game ban from the FFF. That’s 18 international games. If you take a look at France’s schedule you’ll see that between now and October 2011, there are only 14 games planned. So Anelka will be suspended for the entirety of France’s Euro 2012 campaign and then some. Anelka… Continue reading
The World Cup only shows up every four years, but at least it leaves with enough drama to fill the gap in between.
One of those on the docket will be France’s complete and utter collapse, with opinions raining in from all corners. Lillian Thuram is one of those opinions, and as France’s most capped player in history and one of the sport’s more respected athletes off the pitch, you listen.
So long as you’re not Patrice Evra.
“I demanded that the players be harshly punished and that Evra never returns to the France squad,” said Thuram.
“When you… Continue reading