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Nicolas Anelka sent off

France striker Nicolas Anelka was kicked out of the World Cup on Saturday after reportedly launching a tirade of abuse at coach Raymond Domenech, the French Football Federation (FFF) said.

sports Updated: Jun 20, 2010 01:53 IST

Striker Nicolas Anelka was kicked out of France's World Cup squad on Saturday for insulting coach Raymond Domenech

"Go f*** yourself you dirty son of a wh***"

Nicolas Anelka to coach Domenech

and refusing to apologise, the French Football Federation (FFF) said.

Anelka insulted Domenech in a crude manner at halftime of a 2-0 defeat by Mexico on Thursday.

FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalettes decided to exclude the striker after Anelka said he would not apologise. Anelka’s insults towards Domenech came after the coach criticised the player's attitude on the pitch against Mexico before deciding to take him off for the second half.

The player reacted by saying he had words with Domenech but denied having said the foul-mouth comments attributed to him by French sports daily L'Equipe.

First Published: Jun 19, 2010 21:31 IST