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

France

Football Federation to investigate Les Bleus' World Cup strike

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-16

The French Football Federation has launched an investigation into Les Bleus' training strike, in which players refused to train in protest at the exclusion of Nicolas Anelka from the World Cup squad.

AFP - The French Football Federation (FFF) has launched an investigation into the France players' training boycott at the World Cup, outgoing president Jean-Pierre Escalettes announced on Friday.
   
"I've taken the initiative to form a commission of inquiry charged with establishing the facts and the responsibilities surrounding the events of Sunday, June 20 at Knysna (France's training base in South Africa)," Escalettes said in a statement.
   
An independent three-man panel has been designated to lead the inquiry, with Escalettes promising that they will be able to interview "members of the official delegation, staff and players from the France team".
   
"The commission of inquiry will report their findings to the (FFF's) Federal Council," Escalettes added.
   
"I hope it will be able to do so in the second fortnight of August, before the beginning of the qualification matches for Euro 2012."
   
France's players refused to train at an open training session on June 20, in protest at the exclusion of Nicolas Anelka after he was sent home for insulting coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of their 2-0 group-phase loss to Mexico.
   
Escalettes announced that he would step down as FFF president at the end of June.

Date created : 2010-07-16

  • FOOTBALL

    Les Bleus were a ‘time bomb’ at the World Cup, says Anelka

    Read more

COMMENT(S)