World Cup 2010: France boycott training over Anelka row
France in turmoil after training row
France's players refused to train on Sunday following Nicolas Anelka's expulsion from the squad for verbally abusing coach Raymond Domenech.
Domenech read out a statement from his squad which said: "The French Football Federation did not at any time try to protect the group.
"To show our opposition to the decision taken [on Anelka], all the players decided not to take part in training."
The French Football Federation's managing director subsequently quit.
Moments before a public training session was about to begin, Domenech had to separate captain Patrice Evra and fitness coach Robert Duverne.
Duverne is understood to have stormed away from an argument with the Manchester United defender, throwing his accreditation badge to the ground.
The players then left the pitch and walked to their bus where they had a meeting with Domenech behind closed curtains.
Domenech (right) chose Anelka to start France's first two games
"I am disgusted, I am quitting my post," FFF managing director Jean-Louis Valentin said immediately after the incident between Evra and Duverne, before driving off in his car.
"It's a scandal for the French, for the federation and the French team.
"They don't want to train. It's unacceptable. As for me, it's over. I'm leaving the federation. I'm sickened and disgusted."
FFF vice-president Christian Teinturier said: "I confess that I understand nothing. We're in another world here. French football is in a catastrophic situation."
Later on Sunday, the federation distanced itself from what it called "the unacceptable behaviour of the players representing our country".
French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot said President Nicolas Sarkozy had asked her to extend her stay in South Africa and that she would meet with Evra, Domenech and FFF chief Jean-Pierre Escalettes on Monday.
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