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French football stars in off-field antics

The football superstars of today are paid millions of pounds a year, meaning that sooner or later they are going to be involved with some off-the-field antics.

This is definitely the case with some of French stars, past and present, who have gained media attention and stolen the headlines for all the wrong reasons during their careers.

 

Patrice Evra:

The former Manchester United full-back, who now plays his trade for Serie A side Juventus, came under severe pressure and scrutiny during his country’s appalling behaviour at the 2010 World Cup in Germany.

His antics grabbed the headlines and was banned for five games after an inquiry into the team’s much-criticised performances and behaviour, following a revolt against then manager Raymond Domenech.

The Italy-based defender refused to play under Domenech after striker Nicolas Anelka became involved with a heated argument with the coach, ending in several players refusing to train for their country.

 

Nicolas Anelka

A key factor in his national team’s troubles at the 2010 World Cup, Anelka continued his reputation as a footballing trouble-maker which has earned him the nickname ‘Le Sulk’.

Previously, the former France forward has been involved in many bust-ups at past domestic club teams, including during spells in the Premier League.

‘Le Sulk’ played for Manchester City, Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and Liverpool, causing disruption at whichever club took a risk to sign him.

As well as some football-related troubles, some French players have been involved with gambling problems, with many debts being ran up on over £100,000. French legend David Ginola also recently embarked on a mission to become the new FIFA president with the help of a specific bookmaker, with odds on his hopeful election campaign available at JackpotCity, but his journey was quickly halted after legal issues.

 

Franck Ribery

In the same World Cup, Ribery was a central figure in his team’s revolt and continuously was in the media spotlight for seasons that followed.

The Bayern Munich winger is one of the world’s highest earning players and also one of the most foolish. Munich’s menacing man became embroiled in ongoing rumours of getting involved with under age prostitutes, but he was later cleared following an inquest.

Although, recently Ribery was under-fire after appearing to square off with a support who had ran on to the pitch and struck the Frenchman with a scarf. 

[PHOTO: Zimbio.com]

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