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article imageWorld Cup: French Striker sent home for insulting coach

By Samuel Okocha     Jun 19, 2010 in Sports
France striker Nicolas Anelka was on Saturday sent home from the World Cup after reportedly insulting his coach Raymond Domenech during the Mexico game.
The Chelsea striker was said to have made obscene comments to Domenech at halftime during the 2-0 loss to Mexico on Thursday.
French Football Federation, FFF vice president Noel Le Graet told French media the decision to send Anelka parking was made Saturday after he refused to apologize.
"Faced by the refusal of the player to publicly apologise, he (FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalettes) took the decision in total agreement with the coach and the official members of the delegation present to exclude Nicolas Anelka from the squad," the FFF said in a statement.
Anelka's expulsion came after newspaper allegations that midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is unpopular with the squad and that defender William Gallas is upset with Domenech for giving the captain's armband to Manchester United's Evra.
In the opening game against Uruguay, the media observed Anelka had a clear chance to pass to the unguarded Gourcuff during the first half but chose not to. Gourcuff threw his arms up in the air.
Gourcuff said after the Mexico 2-0 defeat he was being made a scapegoat for the team's inability to score goals.
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