PARIS, June 21, 2010 (AFP) – The French press poured scorn on the World Cup squad on Monday saying their refusal to train in protest at the decision to send home striker Nicolas Anelka had shamed the whole country. If the French squad in South Africa thought they would garner sympathetic headlines back home over their refusal to train because of Anelka’s expulsion for a foul-mouthed outburst at coach Raymond Domenech then they were wrong. “This France team has shamed us all” commented tabloid ‘Le Parisien’ while on the front page they simply put ‘Mutiny’ above a photograph of the squad at their training ground in Knysna. The paper didn’t hold back in its judgement on the squad – though according to their information several players were not in favour of the boycott led by senior players William Gallas, Florent Malouda and Eric Abidal. But as Le Parisien said, other players “followed their lead nevertheless like sheep” or “because they had no choice” under the pressure of their teammates. “Each day, the Blues set new standards of unacceptable behaviour,” it said. “Yesterday in order to demonstrate their support of Nicolas Anelka who had been expelled the day before, they went…
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