Chelsea winger Malouda apologises to France fans

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has apologised to France for their abysmal World Cup campaign.

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has apologised to France for their abysmal World Cup campaign.

Controversy erupted following their 2-0 defeat to Mexico after Nicolas Anelka was sent home for failing to apologise for Raymond Domenech.

France's squad took exception to Anelka's punishment by refusing to train on Sunday, actions that failed to sit well with the French Football Federation (FFF).

"I want to apologise to the French fans in the name of the players for our poor run," Malouda told L'Equipe.

"We are not proud of what we've done. Maybe we didn't have exemplary behaviour. I don't know how we'll be forgiven.

"It's been a complete disaster. This isn't what we wanted to show. We didn't want to flout our colours.

"Patrice Evra wanted to hold a press conference before the last match, but he was told it was not the right time.

"After Anelka's exclusion maybe we reacted badly by striking, but we didn't appreciate seeing him blamed for the group's responsibility. Frankly there was no one poor individual in the group. Nico is not a lot, and there was no traitor in the squad.

"We were the victims of poor decisions under pressure. We cracked.

"I don't want to end my career in a Les Bleus shirt, but we have to think about the reasons behind the failure and talk about it with the new coach."