France coach Blanc drops all 23 World Cup play­ers for match

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

France coach Lau­rent Blanc will drop all 23 World Cup play­ers for his first match next month as col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment for the team’s em­bar­rass­ing fi­asco in South Africa. France failed to win a game in the World Cup. The play­ers re­fused to train as a protest af­ter Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home fol­low­ing an ex­ple­tive-laced tirade at then-coach Ray­mond Domenech. France plays a friendly against Nor­way on Aug. 11 in Oslo.

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