Nicolas Anelka claims the French are racist and 'nothing but trouble'
Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has launched a blistering attack on his countrymen, claiming the French are bigoted racists. The 31-year-old, who is set to play against Marseille in the Champions League dead rubber on Wednesday, said: 'People said there was a clan of black players in theFrench squad at the World Cup and we then saw the true face of France.' Controversial comments: Anelka 'When the France team fails to win people start talking straightaway about the players' skin colours and religious beliefs. 'When times get tough we find out what people really think. They saidFranck Ribery had hit Yoann Gourcuff - Ribery the Muslim, and Gourcuffthe good French boy.' Anelka, who was sent home from the World Cup in South Africa last summer after a public falling out with former coach Raymond Domenech - and subsequently given an 18-match ban by the French FA, said Les Bleus fans have the wrong impression of him. 'People in France have a false picture of me. Everything I haveachieved has been abroad. I am not 'made in France' - that's the placeI have had nothing but trouble.' 'The fact I grew up on a high-rise estate counted against me. I was thefirst player from this background to own a Ferrari, and this didpeople's heads in. 'I have never wanted to sing the national anthem with France. Had they insisted I'd have refused, and quit playing for them. Finally, it's good news for Carlo: Lampard to return for crunch derbyGraham Poll: Chelsea woes compounded but they didn't blame refCHELSEA FC
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