At the 2010 World Cup, France waited until the tournament began before imploding in a blaze of arguments and training ground walkouts, but this time around the process seems to have begun as soon as the squad was announced. The decision of France coach Didier Deschamps to leave Samir "Le Sulk Jr." Nasri out of the team going to Brazil prompted Nasri's girlfriend Anara Atanes to vent her fury through Twitter. She wrote: "F*** france and f*** deschamps! What a s*** manager!" And now Deschamps is suing her for defamation with the support of the French Football Federation.
From the Guardian:
The French radio station RMC is reporting that Deschamps and the French football federation have opened legal proceedings against Atanes, who is an English-born singer from the pop group Fanfare.
"FFF condemns insulting remarks against Didier Deschamps and fully supports its coach in his approach," read a statement released on Friday.
"The unanimous feedback confirmed that the entire France condemned such remarks. FFF believes that the unanimous indignation is enough to condemn such behaviour."
But Deschamps isn't limiting his pre-World Cup retribution to Atanes. Upon mentioning that there is a brothel just 500 meters away from France's base camp in Ribeirao Preto — a notable concern given the underage prostitution scandal that two members of the squad (Franck Ribery and Kerim Benzema) were tied up in until earlier this year — Deschamps made it clear that he's watching the watchers.
From ESPN FC:
"Apparently, you're better informed than me," Deschamps told monde.fr. "It's bizarre, because you must frequent the same places as the players. When we went to play in Ukraine, I also know the media's evenings were quite animated.
"Curiously, you go to the same places, but that is less well-known. Often, I find out about it all the same. Just in case. Because you might have files on the players, but I also have them on you. It's good to know what's going on. After that, each person does what they want."
Remember: we're still weeks away from the start of the tournament. At this rate, the team's staff and players will all murder each other on the flight to Brazil and Deschamps will emerge from the plane holding the severed head of a French journalist before formally forfeiting all of their group stage matches.
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