Four months after their embarrassing World Cup exploits in South Africa the France national football team continue to cause a bit of a stir.
The latest dispute surrounding the team involves a World Cup qualification bonus which the players later renounced after a dreadful performance at the finals.
After the squad also caused national uproar by going on strike in protest of the dismissal of Nicolas Anelka, captain Patrice Evra said the players would ‘give up all bonuses’ adding they would not ‘accept a single penny from sponsors and everything that goes with it.’
The total sum owed to the players is two million euros.
However, not one player has signed the necessary documents the French FA have given them in order to cancel their image rights bonuses, which also date back to the qualifying campaign.
Flaurent Malouda and captain Alou Diarra have been mandated by the players to find an agreement with Diarra suggesting a donation to various charities and ONGs.
It’s just another financial headache for the cash- strapped French FA who are currently locked in a legal battle with former coach Raymond Domenech who is seeking compensation in the region of 3 million euros for wrongful dismissal.
Former international Laurent Blanc has been passed the coach’s baton with the immediate task of turning around the teams on-pitch fortunes following their dismal and embarrassing exploits in South Africa.
Next up for the troubled squad and their new coach is a friendly against England at Wembley next week.