Rebel French players face disciplinary case

The French football federation has opened a disciplinary case

against the players who went on strike at the World Cup in South

Africa.

After reviewing a report from a commission of inquiry set up

last month, the federal council of the federation on Friday asked

its disciplinary commission to give a ruling on the case.

French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy said this

decision does not necessarily mean sanctions will be taken.

Three investigators have 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 training session.

The strike was intended 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.