Laurent Blanc officially takes over while France legend Lilian Thuram calls for captain Patrice Evra to be banned.
France finished bottom of Group A, managing to win a solitary point in a 0-0 draw against Uruguay while suffering defeats to Mexico and South Africa in their other matches.
However their poor performances on the pitch were overshadowed by dramatic off-field events when players refused to train after star striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech.
The internal scandal has rocked French football and even led to a parliamentary enquiry, so it is hoped the appointment of former Bordeaux coach Blanc will bring some much-needed stability. The French Football Federation president, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, has also formally resigned following the farcical World Cup campaign.
“I have decided to resign because it is my duty”, said Escalettes. “I accept my share of responsibility.”
Meanwhile former France star Lilian Thuram says Les Bleus skipper Evra should be banned from the national side for his role in the scandal.
“I asked for the players to be severely punished and for Patrice Evra never to come back into the France team,” said Thuram. “When you are captain of France, there is a responsibility and a respect for the shirt and for people that you have to have.”
The World Cup winner also identified the lack of managerial leadership as the central cause of the fiasco.
Thuram added: “When the players shut themselves in the bus and it was the coach who read the statement, that showed that the coach was no longer respected. The players were incapable of realising certain things. The power was taken by the players because the federation no longer had authority through the coach. Raymond Domenech was an employee of the federation. If he didn’t do what the federation asked for, they should have reacted.”

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