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FFF to probe implosion

Published 23/06/2010 | 12:29

Jean-Pierre Escalettes. Photo: Getty Images
Jean-Pierre Escalettes. Photo: Getty Images

French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes will host a meeting next month to investigate the nation's dismal World Cup campaign.

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The former world champions are due to return to Paris after exiting the tournament at the first-round stage following a 2-1 defeat by South Africa.



France finished bottom of Group A with only one point after turmoil in the camp. The players boycotted a training session on Sunday in protest at striker Nicolas Anelka being expelled from the squad following a row with Raymond Domenech.



The coach, who is being replaced by Laurent Blanc, responded by stripping Manchester United full back Patrice Evra of the captaincy at the Free State Stadium.



Escalettes is horrified at the way France imploded.



He said: "Everyone will go before the federal council, the president, the players, the coach, the medical staff, to see who is responsible.



"There will probably be sanctions but I can't pre-empt what the council will decide. What upsets me the most is the drama of last weekend.



"For me 50 years of values crumbled. I thought at the time of this shame that football brought to France - that is far worse than poor results."



While Evra intends to go public on what happened in the camp, Malouda said sorry to the supporters for the events which hampered their tournament and sees them heading home .



The Chelsea striker told French television: "Our behaviour wasn't exemplary. I want to apologise to the fans on behalf of the players."

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