No wonder they did so badly...

Resentment over Gourcuff treatment behind implosion
There is a symbolic aspect to the power struggle in the heart of the team and the ills of wider French society. Yoann Gourcuff could be forgiven for thinking the whole world is against him. Having been ignored by many of his team-mates for the past three weeks, France’s mercurial misfit saw his unhappy World Cup come to an end even more prematurely than that of his colleagues when he was sent off for an elbow in the first half against South Africa yesterday. [...] The rift between Gourcuff and several high-profile players, including Nicolas Anelka and Franck Ribery, was the trigger to Les Bleus’ dramatic implosion over the last few days.

Poor Gourcuff. I really hadn't been following this much and just assumed that the French were having a bad run of things because well they are French and temperamental. But for issues of class to be making its way onto the soccer field, that's really not adding to the "beautiful game". And that members of the team would oust Gourcuff based on his social class sets a terrible example for youth (who quite often worship these guys, they are their role models) all over the world. I am disgusted and now even more glad that Bafana Bafana kicked their butts for them.


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