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France Coach Blasts "Selfish" Players
Lievremont critical of squad for celebrating semi final win
Posted Oct 18, 2011 by Chris White
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Following their semi final victory in Auckland, France coach Marc Lievremont has referred to several of his squad as “spoiled brats” after they ignored orders not to out celebrating their victory. While the players were not named, it was obvious by the coach’s reaction that those involved were key to the side’s achievement, and Lievremont left them knowing exactly what he thought.
“I told them they were a bunch of ‘sales gosses’ (spoiled brats),” he told the gathered media for the customary press conference. “They are undisciplined, disobedient, sometimes selfish, always complaining and moaning and it has been this way for four years.”
Lievremont will step down from his post as coach after the World Cup final against New Zealand this Sunday, to be replaced by Philippe Saint-Andre, and he wants the players to avoid a repeat of what happened in England in 1999 when the French last reached the final, only to lose to Australia.
“The problem with them celebrating is that we are not the world champions yet, and may not be. We’re only in the final. There are two teams in a final, not one, and we need to stay focussed. I have no problem with the team socialising as it is good for morale, but not to the extent that those involved did.”