Whilst France captain Patrice Evra found it unacceptable for Nicolas Anelka to brand the manager Domenech’s mother a whore, he was more frustrated about which person in the camp had sold the story to L’Equipe.
“We must eliminate the traitor from the group, because he wants to hurt the team,” said Evra. “There is no little mouse in the locker room, this comes from someone who is on the team and wants to hurt the team.”
Fitness coach Robert Duverne is rumoured to be the traitor Evra was on the hunt for. After arriving at training today, Evra and Duverne had a row and Domenech had to pull them apart, before the coach threw his accreditation badge to the ground and stormed off.
The players then boarded the bus and drove away from the training ground back to the hotel.
France team director Jean-Louis Valentin has now resigned, so embarrassed is he by the current state of affairs.
“It’s a scandal for the French, for the young people here. It’s a scandal for the federation and the French team,” Valentin said. “They don’t want to train. It’s unacceptable. As for me, it’s over. I’m leaving the federation. I’m sickened and disgusted.”
Domenech read a statement to the press which claimed “All players without exception want to declare their opposition to FFF decision to exclude Nicolas Anelka.” Although, they are forgetting that Anelka was given the opportunity to apologise the day after the incident, but refused, leaving the FFF with no other option. They have also vowed to give a “positive performance” in their final group stage match against South Africa, and will do everything they can to ensure that “France regains its honour.” Oh dear.
edit: Evra has since claimed his argument with Duverne was unrelated to the issue of the traitor amongst them.