PARIS: France captain Hugo Lloris yesterday rubbished the comparisons being made between the team's behaviour at Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup finals debacle.
The 28-year-old Lyon star told L'Equipe that the incidents involving volatile forward Samir Nasri were unfortunate but should not be used to overplay what was generally a far better experience than the South African catastrophe.
While Nasri had two unwelcome outbursts aimed at the press, and Hatem Ben Arfa had a row with coach Laurent Blanc in the changing room after the 2-0 loss to Sweden in the group stages, Lloris was taken aback to have the two campaigns linked.
He witnessed Nicolas Anelka's foul-mouthed outburst at then-coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of the group match with Mexico and then was part of the mutiny that saw the players refuse to get off the coach and train in protest at Anelka's expulsion.
"The two have nothing to do with each other!" said Lloris. "They are two totally different situations. At Euro everyone played their hearts out, both in training and in the games."