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Page last updated at 21:09 GMT, Monday, 21 June 2010 22:09 UK

Monday's World Cup round-up

France coach Raymond Domenech
Domenech is under pressure after France's misfiring World Cup campaign

Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he has not spoken to his brother, Jerome Boateng, since the Germany defender spoke out about his tackle in the FA Cup final that ruled Michael Ballack out of the World Cup.

Beleaguered France coach Raymond Domenech has won public support following his row with Nicolas Anelka - from his mum Germaine.

Striker Anelka was kicked out of the World Cup after launching a foul-mouthed tirade against Domenech.

He was then expelled before the rest of the squad staged a one-day strike in sympathy and refused to train.

"I'd like to meet Mr Anelka and give him a piece of my mind as a mother," Mrs Domenech told RTL radio.

She added: "It's distressing to be insulted like that, because he is not just the coach but he is also my son. It's a double insult to my son and to me as his mother."

Meanwhile, French bank Credit Agricole SA has suspended a TV advertisement featuring top French players after the boycott of the training session.

And fast-food chain Quick is cancelling an advertising campaign with Anelka.

Posters featuring the Chelsea striker holding up a burger as if it were a trophy will remain on Paris streets until Wednesday because there's no way to pull them down faster.

Live pictures of North Korea's 7-0 thrashing by Portugal were seen by the nation.

"The Portuguese won the game and now have four points," a commentator said when the match concluded. "We are ending our live broadcast now."

The Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station aired only recorded footage of the team's first group match against Brazil and the last time a North Korea game was shown live to the nation was the World Cup qualifier against Iran in June 2009.

It is believed to be a first for a North Korean football game taking place abroad.

Adidas boss Herbert Hainer has defended his firm's controversial Jabulani World Cup ball, saying that players, including Argentina star Lionel Messi, are getting used to it.

Hainer acknowledges that the Jabulani is "rounder than any ball we have ever made, more aerodynamic and goes faster."

This is especially the case at high altitude, he added, where "the air is thinner and the ball even quicker."

Hainer added that Messi "needed a little bit of time but he eventually got used to the ball, even at altitude."

South Africa's Brazilian coach has picked the wrong players and should be replaced by a home-grown manager after their expected first-round World Cup exit, according to former skipper Lucas Radebe.

Radebe, who won 70 caps for Bafana Bafana, said Carlos Alberto Parriera's gamble to rely on local players rather than experienced performers from overseas league had backfired.

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo managed a full training session on Monday for the first time at the World Cup, raising the prospect he could play in Thursday's final Group F game against Slovakia.

Coach Marcello Lippi hopes Pirlo can be fit for Thursday but has said he is not certain to play.

Brazil striker Luis Fabiano's second goal against Ivory Coast at the World Cup was not with the Hand of God as he claimed, says Diego Maradona.

The Argentina coach scored the original 'Hand of God' goal in a 2-1 quarter-final win over England in the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

"This one was with his arm, he brought it down with his arm, it's very evident, I think there was a double handball," said Maradona.

"What's tragicomic is the referee's smile afterwards. When I scored the goal against England, I didn't see the referee laugh. He had so many doubts, he looked at his linesmen, there was no fourth referee at that time, he looked at the crowd to see if they gave him a hand.

"But on Sunday, the referee went back to the centre circle laughing and that's what shocked us all."

Meanwhile, Maradona has dismissed suggestions he might rest Lionel Messi for Tuesday's final Group B clash against Greece.

He said: "Lionel Messi always wants to play and I thought I should give him a break [in training], but if you have a player as good as Leo, who is the best player in the world, I think it would be a sin not to give Messi to the people, to the team, and leave out the player who can certainly make the difference in a match."

Frenchman Paul Le Guen is favourite to succeed Pim Verbeek as the next coach of the Australian team, according to reporrts.

Le Guen is coaching Cameroon and Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has confirmed the new Australian national coach would soon be finalised.

Euro 2008 champions Spain have been warned by goalkeeper Jose Reina that they cannot afford to "live off the past" as they prepare for Monday's make-or-break World Cup match against Honduras.

He said: "This side has been playing for five years together, I think we've been doing things well and doing a good job but we can't live off our past - we have to prove again more than ever that we can be in that group of teams who can win the World Cup and we have to recover from the defeat by Switzerland."

New Zealand Herald correspondent Michael Brown has called his country's 1-1 draw with Italy "mind-blowing".

He wrote: "Little, old New Zealand with just 25 professional footballers - Italy has 3541. A country which had played just four World Cup matches before this morning drew with one which has won four World Cup titles. Crazy."

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said of the result: "The All Whites have surprised everybody and stunned the footballing world."

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has come out in support of his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka after he was kicked out of France's World Cup squad.

Anelka was sent home after a verbal assault on France coach Raymond Domenech

Drogba, quoted on news24.com in South Africa, said: "He has been a team-mate for two-and-a-half years. Yes, I support him. I wish him good luck, it's a difficult time for him. He is very strong mentally, he's a competitor. I was surprised he was kicked out of the team."

Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has criticised the France team - only a week after he launched an attack on England.

In a column for a South African newspaper, the ex-Germany skipper and World Cup winner said: "Everyone must have realised that there was something wrong with the French team following their 2-0 defeat to Mexico. Everyone in the team seemed to be playing for themselves. They were lifeless."

Beckenbauer caused controversy last week when he attacked England over their playing style after the 1-1 draw with the United States.

But after England's 0-0 draw with Algeria he said: "I am not going to criticise England this time because all the bigger teams have taken a step backwards."

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has been reprimanded but allowed to stay with the World Cup team following an outburst after the 1-1 draw with Australia, the national football association said.

"Muntari reacted angrily and in a manner that was offensive to the team's code of conduct in the aftermath of Ghana's game against Australia," it said.

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see also
Sunday's World Cup round-up
20 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Saturday's World Cup round-up
19 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup round-up
18 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup round-up
17 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
16 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Tuesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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