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Soccer-France's World Cup squad members suspended for next game

Fri, 23 Jul 15:53:00 2010

The 23 members of France's World Cup squad have been suspended for the country's next game, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Friday.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the FFF's Federal council on the recommendation of new coach Laurent Blanc following the country's World Cup debacle, a statement said.

France's next international is a friendly against Norway in Oslo on Aug. 11.

The country's World Cup campaign in South Africa was a total failure as France were ousted in the first round without a win.

Their exit followed a players' boycott of a training session in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who was sent home for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.

(Reporting by Jean-Paul Couret, editing by Ken Ferris;

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