'The fire has been put out'

Tensions may have risen in the France dressing room after they lost their final Euro 2012 group game but they are ready to start from scratch against Spain in Saturday's quarterfinal. 

Assistant coach Alain Boghossian, a 1998 world champion who was on the staff at the 2010 World Cup when off-pitch dramas led to an embarrassing first-round exit, revealed that strong words were exchanged after Tuesday's 2-0 Group D defeat by Sweden. But he said it was nothing compared to the fiasco at the 2010 World Cup, when the players went on strike in support of forward Nicolas Anelka, who had been kicked out of the squad for insulting then coach Raymond Domenech. 

“There were quarrels, well, let's say exchanges, but it's normal in a dressing room,” he told a news conference on Thursday. “It would have been worse if nothing had happened.” 

Boghossian did not deny that forward Hatem Ben Arfa and coach Laurent Blanc had an argument but he said the row was over as the French try to put behind them a loss. “That defeat was a staggering blow. There was a lot of frustration that had to be eliminated.

They could have done it by punching doors, they chose to talk about it,” added Boghossian.

“Everyone said what they had to say. We start from scratch Nothing is broken, it's quite the opposite. The fire has been put out.” 

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