It was one of the most disgraceful days in the history of the World Cup.
In June 2010, France’s players went on strike in South Africa following the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka from the World Cup squad after the striker hurled abuse at coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of a 2-0 defeat to Mexico.
The symbol of their ill-advised industrial action, which was shown across the world, was their team bus, as the French players stayed on it with curtains drawn as the global press waited for them to alight for training.
Humiliated coach Domenech was forced to read a statement to the press, written by the players, which attempted to explain their actions.
— Badr Zellou (@mokhtaron) May 26, 2014
The shocking turn of events led to punishments for certain players, with Patrice Evra banned for five games for his leading role in the boycott, and cast a dark shadow over the French national team, as well as leaving a psychological scar on the nation.
But on Monday night, in a brilliant marketing stunt for adidas, France signalled its determination to move on from events in Knysna by destroying the infamous bus once and for all.
Maybe that will help France focus on their 2014 campaign, rather than keep harking back to the shame of 2010.
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