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Crude remarks could mark the end of Anelka's World Cup dream

Reuters

The future of French striker Nicolas Anelka could be on the line if reports that he insulted coach Domenech are verified. He is supposed to have made crude remarks after the French coach criticised his attitude on the pitch during Thursday's France - Mexico match and replaced him in the second half

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"If the words we have just heard have been used, he (Anelka) has nothing to do there (at the World Cup)," said Christian Teinturier, the vice-president of the French Football Federation in an interview Saturday with France Info radio.

"If those exact words were said, I can't understand he was on the pitch yesterday (in training on Friday)," Teinturier added.

"He should have been kicked out straight away or have apologised. He can't be training in a France shirt, it's not normal, you can't do that."

French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot also responded to the report, urging the France players to show dignity.

"The very high pressure weighing on Les Bleus does not authorise any form of slip-up," Bachelot said in a statement.

The French television station Canal+ is reporting that the Chelsea premiership player has already been excluded from the national team

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