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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-06

Disgraced player Nicolas Anelka will face a French Football Federation disciplinary committee along with Franck Ribéry, Jeremy Toulalan, Eric Abidal and former captain Patrice Evra to explain the French team's World Cup meltdown in South Africa.

AFP - Nicolas Anelka was among five France internationals ordered to appear before the disciplinary commission of the French Football Federation (FFF) on Friday to explain the team's training ground strike at the World Cup.

The 31-year-old Chelsea striker was sent home early from South Africa in disgrace after a dressing-room bust-up with former coach Raymond Domenech.

His expulsion resulted in the other 22 members of the squad staging a one-day strike in support of Anelka.

Anelka, along with France captain Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery, Eric Abidal and Jeremy Toulalan, have been ordered to explain their roles in the refusal to train before the FFF, a well-placed source told AFP.

An inquiry into the World Cup fiasco is due to be published later Friday and may recommend further sanctions against the players, although new coach Laurent Blanc hopes it will not hinder his bid to qualify France for Euro 2012.

As a result of their behaviour in South Africa all members of the French World Cup squad were left out of Blanc's squad for his first game in charge, a friendly against Norway in Oslo on August 11.

Ribery is also facing trouble on another front after being charged with having sex with an under-age prostitute.

The Bayern Munich players, who faces up to three years in prison if convicted, has admitted paying for sex with Zahia Dehar but denies knowing the call girl was under 18 at the time.

Date created : 2010-08-06


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