Abidal: French players angry with sports minister

Published Jun. 13, 2010 8:31 a.m. ET

Eric Abidal says France's players are so angry with sports minister Rama Yade for publicly criticizing their lavish hotel at the World Cup that they will visit a local township without her.

Abidal and other France players were visiting a township in Knysna on Sunday for the renovation of a soccer field. Yade is also visiting the township, but without the players.

France is staying at a resort in Knysna, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Yade has said the accommodations lacked ``decency'' during an economic crisis.