5 French players face disciplinary case

The French soccer federation has opened a disciplinary case

against five of the players who went on strike at the World Cup in

South Africa.

Nicolas Anelka, Franck Ribery, Eric Abidal, Jeremy Toulalan and

captain Patrice Evra will appear before the disciplinary commission

of the French federation this month.

French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy said Friday it

doesn’t necessarily mean sanctions will be taken.

Investigators interviewed 18 of the 23 World Cup players, staff

members and federation officials who were in South Africa when the

players decided to boycott a practice.

The strike was to protest Nicolas Anelka’s exclusion from the

squad following an expletive-filled tirade directed at France coach

Raymond Domenech during a 2-0 loss to Mexico.