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France resumes World Cup training day after strike

France's striker Franck Ribery (C) shakes hands with

France's striker Franck Ribery (C) shakes hands with supporters at the Fields of Dreams stadium in Knysna on June 20, 2010 during what was supposed to be a team training session. France's disastrous 2010 Football World Cup campaign was plunged into fresh chaos when the players refused to train in protest at the decision to send home star striker Nicolas Anelka. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)(Photo Credit should Read /AFP/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/FRANCK FIFE

KNYSNA, South Africa (AP) — France resumed training at the World Cup on Monday, one day after the squad went on strike to protest the French soccer federation’s decision to send striker Nicolas Anelka home.

Monday’s session went ahead without any of the drama of Sunday, when captain Patrice Evra had an altercation with the team’s physical trainer, one FFF official resigned, and coach Raymond Domenech was put in the embarrassing position of explaining why the players were on strike.

Anelka was thrown out because his clash with Domenech at halftime of last Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Mexico was made public by sports daily L’Equipe, which published Anelka’s expletives on its front page.

France plays South Africa on Tuesday and must win to stand any chance of reaching the next round. If Mexico and Uruguay draw the other Group A match, France will be eliminated.

France defender Marc Planus sustained a slight knock on his right knee and had to cut short his training session. The injury was not thought to be serious, team spokesman Francois Manardo said.

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