23 Dec 2010

French players give up bonuses after long delay

5:46 am on 23 December 2010

France strikers Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka have agreed to give up their World Cup-related bonuses after it was revealed they had yet to do so.

Following their shock first-round exit, the France players who took part in this year's World Cup in South Africa had agreed to donate their bonuses, an estimated 3 million euros ($NZ 5.3 million) in sponsorship revenue, to amateur clubs.

The French soccer federation (FFF) told Reuters that Anelka and Henry had not replied to them concerning the matter despite announcing it over a month ago.

Anelka was banned for 18 matches by the FFF for insulting then coach Raymond Domenech during the tournament, causing his team mates' to go on strike.