French FA president says Evra yet to repay bonus
Former France captain Patrice Evra is among several players yet to give up their World Cup bonuses, according to the president of the French Football Federation.
Fernand Duchaussoy said Sunday that the Manchester United left back, Tottenham defender William Gallas, Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac and Bordeaux defender Marc Planus have not returned forms officially forfeiting image rights payments.
''It's purely an administrative problem, Patrice Evra in particular has not returned his form,'' Duchaussoy said on French television show Telefoot. ''You know, he was the first to say he was going to give up his bonuses. We can't think for a moment that we won't have (Evra's form returned).''
The others have all signed and returned documents formally renouncing the money the FFF owes them for image rights, estimated at about ?110,000 per player ($149,340).
Planus, however, insists he also has signed the documents and is angry at Duchaussoy.
''He can say what he wants. I know I've signed the document and that I've sent it back,'' Planus told RMC radio station on Sunday.
Duchaussoy says the money will be split between each player's first ever club and a donation to amateur football.
Evra was banned for five games after the World Cup for his role as ringleader in a training ground strike that shocked fans and politicians back home.
The players refused to train in protest after Anelka was sent home from the squad for reportedly launching a profanity-laced tirade at former coach Raymond Domenech. Anelka was banned by the French federation for 18 games.
Evra was overlooked by new coach Laurent Blanc for Wednesday's friendly against Brazil, even though his ban has now ended.
Blanc said his choice was based purely on form, with left backs Eric Abidal of Barcelona and Gael Clichy of Arsenal picked ahead of him.