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Paris - Nicolas Anelka says all his team-mates decided to go on strike at the Soccer World Cup after he was sent home from South Africa for verbally abusing France coach Raymond Domenech and refusing to apologise.
The Chelsea striker told France Soir on Thursday that "everybody stuck together" when the players decided to boycott a training session shortly before their World Cup ended in the group stage.
Anelka, who recently signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea that ties him with the English club until 2012, added that the situation within the France team was "explosive" and that a clash would have happened even if he hadn't insulted Domenech.
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