Man Utd fullback Evra leading blazing France row with Valentin

Manchester United star Patrice Evra is at the centre of an amazing row with France management.

Manchester United star Patrice Evra is at the centre of an amazing row with France management.

Evra led the players from the training pitch yesterday in protest against Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka's exclusion from the squad.

This led to France team director Jean-Louis Valentin resigning.

"It's a scandal for the French, it's a scandal for the federation and the French team," he said. "It is a shame. As for me, it's over. I'm leaving the federation. I'm sickened and disgusted.

"Under these conditions, I've decided to return to Paris and to resign."

There had been reports Duverne was the 'mole' who leaked news of the Anelka-Domenech spat to the media but he denied those claims this evening.

Speaking to RMC sports, he said: "I deny reports that Patrice Evra would have said I was the traitor.

"I talked to Raymond Domenech on behalf of the players, including Patrice Evra.

"I have children and I don't want to be sullied by rumours that I am the traitor or the mole."

In explaining his row with Evra today, he added: "Patrice Evra came to tell me that the players were not going to participate in training.

"I was angry because we play a big game in two days and we have no right to destroy our last chance.

"We are in a difficult situation but it is not impossible."

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