Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Turkey: Inside the Alevi community

Read more

FOCUS

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart

Read more

WEB NEWS

Gaza children draw what their future will look like

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Catholic cardinals get coal for Christmas from Pope Francis

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

François Hollande's Christmas wish list

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Embedded with the Islamic State Group

Read more

Sports

New France coach Blanc won't discipline players' bad behaviour

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-07

France's new national football coach Laurent Blanc (pictured) said it was not up to him to discipline players who went on strike during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, just days before the country's early dismissal from the tournament.

REUTERS - New France coach Laurent Blanc said it was not his responsibility to take disciplinary action against the players who led a mutiny during the team's dismal World Cup campaign.

France were eliminated from the tournament in South Africa in the first round following a campaign marred by a players' boycott of a training session in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who was sent home for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.
 
"I followed the events with great sadness. I was disappointed by the results and I was particularly shocked by some behaviour," Blanc, a member of France's World Cup-winning squad in 1998, told a news conference on Tuesday.
 
"However, I'm not the bogeyman. It is not my responsibility to take disciplinary action."
 
Blanc was asked about the futures of captain Patrice Evra, playmaker Franck Ribery and defender Eric Abidal, who have been branded as the ringleaders of the squad.
 
"I shall select them if I think they are the best players available," he said. "I shall have to make choices and, perhaps, some of the players who were in South Africa will not be chosen if I decide they are not the best in their position."
 
Blanc will name his first squad before France travel to Oslo for a friendly against Norway on Aug. 11. The first official game under his tenure is scheduled for Sept. 3 when Les Bleus host Belarus in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

 

Date created : 2010-07-06

  • FOOTBALL

    New France coach Blanc picks up the pieces of a shattered team

    Read more

  • WORLD CUP 2010

    South Africa and France crash out of World Cup

    Read more

  • WORLD CUP 2010

    France unleashes fury on drama-plagued football team

    Read more

COMMENT(S)