2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup Breaking News: France Imploding, Refuse To Train

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17: Captain Patrice Evra of France looks dejected after suffering defeat to Mexico during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between France and Mexico at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 17, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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Owen WatsonCorrespondent IJune 20, 2010

France's World Cup saga has taken another incredible turn as the squad refused to train today after an argument between captain Patrice Evra and Robert Duverne, a fitness coach.

To make matters worse the France team director, Jean-Louis Valetin has resigned from his post, saying he was "ashamed" of the team.

"I am disgusted, I am quitting my post," added Valentin.

The news follows Evra's outburst at a press conference claiming their was a "traitor" in the France camp after Nicolas Anelka was sent home.

"The problem of France is not Anelka, but the traitor among us," said Evra. "We must eliminate the traitor from the group, because he wants to hurt the team."

"There is no little mouse in the locker room, this comes from someone who is on the team and wants to hurt the team. We are not going to lie, the reporter [from L'Equipe] did not make this up."

"I do not know anything [about this person], I am not a magician."

SkySportsreports that coach Raymond Domenech had to physically separate Evra and Duverne, and the players left the pitch and boarded the team bus shortly after the altercation.

France are struggling to qualify from group A after their 2-0 defeat against Mexico. They face tournament hosts South Africa in their next game and need a win to salvage any hopes of qualifying.

It remains to be seen whether the team can focus on their football, and could very well exit the World Cup in disgrace.

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