The biggest crisis in French football. In 2010, the Blues contested the World Cup in South Africa. But the competition will be one of the most catastrophic in the history of the French soccer team. In fact, one of the players, Nicolas Anelka, is arguing with coach Raymond Domenech in the locker room at halftime of the France-Mexico game. The footballer’s words to his coach are reported slightly modified in the newspaper L’Équipe, which will go to the front page the next day. Later, Estelle Denis’ husband asks for a public apology, which Nicolas Anelka rejects, arguing that he did not make these comments. Raymond Domenech makes the decision to send the player home in the middle of the World Cup and to support his fellow player, the Blues go on strike and decide not to get off the bus to go to training. An act of resistance that will shock many French people. Since that day, Nicolas Anelka has been perceived by the public opinion as a “bad boy”.
“I wasn’t going to apologize for the words I didn’t keep”
Netflix has decided to dedicate a documentary to him that will premiere this Wednesday, August 5. On this occasion, the player gave an interview to the Parisian and told him what really happened in the dressing room. “What happened that day has happened a million times in a soccer locker room. Now, when you pretend to be a world-class player, you have to have character. What I said that day – there it is: ‘You have to make him your team. shit. ‘You also have to understand that this reaction, very classic in a dressing room, was out of a spirit of competition and to rectify certain things. Words from the dressing room and who had to stay there. They not only came out but they were not the right ones. “
Then he continues: “I agreed to apologize to the group because I had spoken in front of them. But there was nothing public. And I was not going to apologize for the words that I was speaking. I had not complied.”