Franck Ribery insists former France coach Raymond Domenech should have spoken to the players about their World Cup strike, and not to the media months later.
France’s squad refused to train at the tournament last summer after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a disagreement with the coach.
Domenech, who was replaced by Laurent Blanc after France crashed out in the first round in South Africa, described his players as ‘horrible unthinking brats’ this week.
And 27-year-old Bayern Munich winger Ribery, who has recently returned to fitness after injury, feels Domenech could have handed the situation differently.
“I don’t know why he says these things. I find it a shame,” Ribery told L’Equipe.
“The World Cup has gone, I don’t want to talk about Domenech any more.
“I am very motivated to get back in the France team with a new staff and new coach. In South Africa Domenech didn’t talk to us.
“He should have done it immediately, not only now. He should have said it to our face, it’s not good.”