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
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.