Former Newcastle United midfielder Olivier Bernard has jumped to the defence of the club's French foreign legion.
Newcastleâ€™s nine-strong French side have been singled out for criticism in the wake of the clubâ€™s worst result at St Jamesâ€™ Park in 87 years.
"I was as angry as anyone about the Liverpool performance but it was the whole team at fault, not just the French,â€ť he told the Daily Star.
â€śIt was a white flag that was raised, not the Tricolour.
â€śTo say the French players gave up is wrong. It is not in our mentality to give up easily and I find it insulting.â€ť
Bernard also dismisses claims that Toon captain Yohan Cabaye is creating divisions in the dressing room.
He added: â€śIt is true, Yohan is a big influence, but a good one, not a divisive one. Yes, he has helped his fellow Frenchmen to settle in and they may approach him for advice but surely that is a good thing?
â€śCabaye is the heart of Newcastle. A few weeks ago everyone was saying he is their best player and now they say he is what is wrong, which is not true.â€ť