FFF chief wants Chelsea striker Anelka banned from playing for France again

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has been told he should never play for France again.

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has been told he should never play for France again.

Anelka should never play for Les Bleus again, according to outgoing French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.

The Chelsea striker was sent home from France's World Cup campaign earlier this month after refusing to apologise for a dressing-room rant aimed at coach Raymond Domenech.

That sent the camp into chaos as the players refused to train, ostensibly in support of Anelka, and Les Bleus crashed out after losing to South Africa in their final group game.

"Neither I nor my successor, nor the future coach will forget what happened and everyone will ensure that he can not play for France," Escalettes, who stepped down from his position as president in the wake of the debacle, was quoted as saying in L'EquipeI.

About what happened in the dressing room, Escalettes added: "I only knew what I read in L'Equipe.

"As soon as I knew, and having made a minimum of checks - a player told me that the remarks were worse than reported - I immediately punished the perpetrator of this insult."

 
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