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Nov 19, 2012

Domenech reveals all on Anelka row

Former France manager Raymond Domenech has revealed what was really said between himself and Nicolas Anelka during their infamous dressing room bust-up at the 2010 World Cup.

The Frenchman leaves no stone unturned on the incident and the rest of his six-year spell in charge of the national side in his new book, All Alone.

Domenech claims that the widely-reported words of "f*** off, son of a bitch", used by Anelka were false and that the correct wording was actually "f*** off, look after your sh**** team alone".

The former Lyon boss received the barrage of abuse after having asked the striker to drop deep during the defeat to Mexico - something which Anelka argued he was doing.

"I was less shocked by the insult than by the fact he used it towards me," writes Domenech in his book, leaked by AFP. "It broke a barrier of positions, ages, hierarchy.... Anelka had killed the squad."

Domenech also reveals in the book - which is written in diary-form - how days before the Mexico clash, he had already had "enough" with his squad.

"I have no energy left. I'm fed up with their whims, I want to go away," he wrote after France's goalless draw with Uruguay - their opening game of the competition.

Les Bleus' disastrous World Cup came to a head when the players agreed to go on strike, in support of team-mate Anelka.

"Enough is enough, I go, I don't care about this bunch of stupid guys," he wrote, reacting to the their decision.

For the first time, Domenech acknowledges his own mistakes in the book but he also directs blame at those often presented as key members of the dressing room - Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri, Karim Benzema and Florent Malouda.

The ex-Paris Saint-Germain player was eventually sacked after an embarrassing campaign and has yet to return to management since.

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