The French (Soccer) Revolution
France is falling apart.
The French national soccer team is refusing to practice, the day after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for failing to apologize for a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Raymond Domenech — France’s coach — during the team’s loss to Mexico earlier this week (Quelle insulte!).
C’est une révolution!
France team director Jean-Louis Valentin says the national team is refusing to train following a dispute on the practice field.Valentin also says he has resigned from the French football federation, shouting that he was “ashamed” of the team.
The team arrived at training Sunday but a few minutes after taking the field, fitness coach Robert Duverne stormed away from an argument with coach Raymond Domenech. Duverne threw his accreditation badge to the ground after the heated discussion and walked away.
The players then boarded the team bus.
When asked about his team’s refusal to play, Domenech is said to have scoffed and muttered, “Let them eat bobotie.”