French in open revolt

  • Last Updated: June 20 2010, 17:42 BST

The France squad released a statement condemning the decision to send Nicolas Anelka home and refused to train on Sunday.

Anelka - sent home by France after dressing-room bust-up.

A day after the French Football Federation decided to punish the Chelsea striker for an outburst against coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of Thursday's 2-0 defeat to Mexico, the mood among the remaining players was one of anger and resentment.

Just a few minutes after taking the field ahead of training, fitness coach Robert Duverne reportedly stormed away from an argument with captain Patrice Evra, throwing his accreditation badge to the ground.

The players then left the training ground and boarded the team bus, in which they had a meeting with Domenech behind closed curtains.

France team director Jean-Louis Valentin announced his resignation after revealing the squad did not want to train.

"Ask the players, they do not want to involve themselves any more. It's unacceptable," Valentin told assembled media when quizzed as to why he was quitting.

"They don't want to train. It's a scandal for the French, it's a scandal for the federation and the French team.

"It is a shame. As for me, it's over. I'm leaving the federation. I'm sickened and disgusted.

"Under these conditions, I've decided to return to Paris and to resign."

The players then released a statement which was read out by Domenech.

It read: "All players without exception want to declare their opposition to FFF decision to exclude Nicolas Anelka."

The players added they felt the FFF "had at no time tried to protect the squad."

They did vow, however, "to do everything individually and collectively so that France regains its honour [against South Africa] on Tuesday".