Thierry Henry ‘cleared’ of role in World Cup revolt?

June 25th, 2010 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Thierry Henry London, Jun 25 (ANI): French striker Thierry Henry’s name has reportedly been cleared over the team’s World Cup revolt, despite him being named as one of the mutiny’s ringleaders.

French FA bosses have agreed that the Arsenal legend was not to blame for the revolt during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Henry met French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday to discuss the chaos that saw striker Nicolas Anelka sent home in disgrace.

Anelka allegedly insulted manager Raymond Domenech at half time during France’s 2-0 defeat to Mexico, saying “F*** you, you son of a whore”.

The French squad refused to train last Sunday and fears grew that some of them might boycott Tuesday’s game with South Africa, which ended in a 2-1 win for the hosts, The Sun reports.

Henri Monteil, French football federation secretary, had originally said that the leaders included William Gallas, Eric Abidal and Thierry Henry, who is friends with Anelka, and that they would never play in a World Cup again.

But Monteil is now thought to have cleared Henry, while Sarkozy and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon will hold crisis talks to review events that led to the 1998 winners finishing bottom of Group A, the paper said.

Skipper Patrice Evra, dropped for the South Africa game, insists he will fully detail the reasons behind France’s disastrous campaign. (ANI)

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