Man Utd fullback Evra, Chelsea ace Anelka branded “scum” by French philosophers

Premiership stars Nicolas Anelka and Patrice Evra have been branded "scum" by French philosophers after their country's World Cup exit.

Premiership stars Nicolas Anelka and Patrice Evra have been branded "scum" by French philosophers after their country's World Cup exit.

As the shamed Les Bleus flew home from South Africa — reportedly in second class — amid an outbreak of national handwringing, the country found a convenient scapegoat on the other side of the Channel, where many stars such as Chelsea striker Anelka and William Gallas play.

“It's all about individualism, egotism, and everyone for themselves,” said Socialist Party spokesman Jerome Cahuzac, adding: “All that really matters is the size of the cheque.”

As the French media dubbed the players “a bunch of seven-year-olds”, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, president of the French Football Federation, said the “disaster” had brought “shame” on the country. The government promised an inquiry.

Philosopher Alain Finkielkraut called the players products of a “scum” generation, more interested in starting riots on housing estates than integrating into French society, reports the London Evening Standard.

Chelsea's Anelka, Manchester United's Patrice Evra and Arsenal's Gallas, together with former Arsenal star Thierry Henry, were said to have led a revolt against eccentric outgoing coach Raymond Domenech.