Defamation in France: Nicholas Anelka’s curious action is unsuccessful

14 07 2011

The Chelsea footballer Nicholas Anelka has lost a curious criminal defamation action against L’Equipe, the French sports daily arising out of the publication of his World Cup tirade at the national coach, Raymond Domenech. L’Equipe published a front page account of Anelka’s outburst at Domenech at half-time of France’s Group A game against Mexico in South Africa on 17 June 2010 (see right). According to the newspaper, when Domenech told him to play in a different way in the second half Anelka told the then France manager “go screw yourself, dirty son of a whore”, Anelka claimed that he never said those precise words, but was expelled from the team in disgrace, with his teammates then staging their infamous mutiny.
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