Anelka ‘insulted France coach’ – report

2010-06-19 11:02

France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka unleashed a volley of

insults at coach Raymond Domenech after being criticised at halftime of the 2-0

Fifa World Cup defeat to Mexico, L’Equipe newspaper reported today.

Anelka told Domenech to “go screw yourself, dirty son of a whore”

in the dressing room at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane after the coach

took issue with his first half performance, the report said.

The tirade was sparked after Domenech told Anelka to stop straying

out of position in a match where the striker was one of France’s worst

performers, L’Equipe said, without citing its source.

When Anelka took issue with the criticism, Domenech threatened to

substitute him, and the player made his foul-mouthed outburst.

Domenech’s response was immediate.

“OK. You’re coming off,” the coach said, according to the report,

and he replaced him with Andre-Pierre Gignac for the second half.

But Mexico secured victory with two second half goals, leaving

France – the beaten finalists four years ago in Germany – staring elimination in

the face.

If their Group A rivals Uruguay and Mexico draw in their match on

Tuesday, the French are out of the tournament, regardless of their own result

against host nation South Africa.

The reported outburst comes amid a dreadful World Cup for France,

whose training camp has reportedly been riven with disputes between Domenech and

his players.


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