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Entire French WC-squad suspended for upcoming friendly


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The French Football Federation has backed the decision of new head coach Laurent Blanc to suspend the entire World Cup 2010 squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway.

Les Blues endured a chaotic campaign in South Africa, with a players' strike organised following Nicolas Anelka's departure home after swearing at ex-boss Raymond Domenech. After defeats to South Africa and Mexico, the nation were dumped out of the competition in the first round amid a deluge of criticism at their actions.

Since coming home from the tournament, World Cup 1998 winning legends Marcel Desailly and Lillian Thuram have called for skipper Patrice Evra to be banned from the side. Their team-mate - and new head coach - Laurent Blanc has extended this by informing the FFF at a meeting that all 23-players must be excluded from selection for the friendly against Norway on August 11.

A statement on the organisation's official website confirmed the decision.

"Laurent Blanc was heard this Friday, July 23 by the Federal Council which he presented his staff and his sporting project," the statement read.

"He also proposed to the Federal Council, which agreed to retain for the friendly match Norway-France, Wednesday, August 11 in Oslo, none of the 23 players officially selected by the French Football Federation for World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

"Laurent Blanc will communicate the list of players selected for this Norway-France match on Thursday, August 5 at 11:30 am CET at the head of the FFF."

Blanc added: "I can't act as if nothing happened in South Africa. I followed events with great sadness.

"I was disappointed by the sporting performance but I was above all outraged by certain behaviour.

"I will take stock of these elements in my analysis and thoughts."
A unique in football history? :-o

Either way, I wonder what Ysabel will think of this.. is it justified? And is it a good thing performance-wise?

I wonder if they will build a new selection for the quali's for Euro 2012 as well, will be interesting to see what these new guys are capable of that's for sure.


Sultan of Swat
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You're not the only one anticipating Ysabel's response lol.

Personally, I believe this is just stupid. I know it's just a friendly but how do you want to build confidence and chemistry within your team by suspending the entire team? Doesn't make much sense to me.

It's funny that the new coach is even doing this, isn't a friendly a good way to evaluate your roster?


Haters gonna hate.
I think that is actually the RIGHT move for the overall health and chemistry of the French nat'l team. Have them sit for what would normally be a game against a sub-par Euro team and maybe they'll learn to stop being self-centered stars and work together as a unit.


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This is the RIGHT THING to do. They were being insubordinate in South Africa. Punishment the consequence, maybe they and others will learn from that experience.


No Custom Title Exists
Evra deserved more than he got but this is good news for Manchester United too I reckon.

Anelka has officially played his last game for France imo.


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
Our new selection isn't doing well but it is sort of expected from a young and inexperienced team. Anyway I think the better news is that the coach then, Domenech, has been fired without severance package for "faute grave".