Benjamin Pavard is accused of stirring up tension at the World Cup in France after a row with Deschamps

Benjamin Pavard has been accused of creating a “toxic” atmosphere at France’s World Cup camp after falling out with coach Didier Deschamps and making a series of “inappropriate” comments about his teammates during their recent defeat by Argentina.

Pavard was included in France’s starting line-up for their opening 4–1 victory over Australia, but after being substituted for Jules Cundy late in that win, he failed to make another appearance in the tournament.

From that moment on in Qatar, Deschamps stuck to Conde as first-choice right-back despite the Barcelona defender being a more natural centre-back, which assistant coach Guy Stéphane insisted was a “sporting” decision.

Benjamin Pavard has been accused of creating a “toxic” atmosphere in France’s World Cup camp

The 26-year-old reportedly fell out with boss Didier Deschamps (R) in Qatar

The 26-year-old reportedly fell out with boss Didier Deschamps (R) in Qatar

The Bayern Munich star is said to have fallen out with coach Didier Deschamps

The Bayern Munich star is said to have fallen out with coach Didier Deschamps

French newspaper L’Equipe claimed he received criticism from both Deschamps and his teammates after Australia’s victory, although veteran stars Olivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris expressed their support for the player.

But according to French journalist Romain Molina, Pavard caused huge trouble in the France dressing room at the World Cup, with teammates accusing him of leaking private information to the press.

The Bayern Munich star was first said to have fallen out with Deschamps, despite previously being considered one of his favorite players by other members of the dressing room.

After being criticized by Deschamps and his coaching staff, Pavard reportedly refused to accept their words and responded with his own frustrations, leading to a heated dispute backstage.

However, things are understood to have come to a head during Sunday’s final against Argentina, where Deschamps had “big words” with the player after he was heard to make “inappropriate” comments about his compatriots on the bench.

Pavard’s actions in Qatar came as a huge disappointment to both the coach and his staff, who believe they have protected him for a number of years despite some mediocre performances on the pitch.

Reports claim that the 26-year-old’s teammates were also outraged by his behavior and accused him of leaking private details to the press due to his close relationship with some journalists.

Pavard started France's opening World Cup match but failed to appear again

Pavard started France’s opening World Cup match but failed to appear again

Jules Conde was preferred at right-back during France's run to the final against Argentina

Jules Conde was preferred at right-back during France’s run to the final against Argentina

French magazine L’Equipe reported last year how Pavard had lost the confidence of his France teammates on the pitch, his defensive weaknesses causing concern in the dressing room.

Now it seems he has made enemies off the field as well, plunging his future with the national team into grave doubt.

Pavard was one of the heroes of France’s victory at the 2018 World Cup, starting six of Russia’s seven matches.

He also started three of their four matches at Euro 2020, but Conde was preferred at right-back in Qatar.

After dropping Pavard in their second World Cup match against Denmark, Deschamps said: ‘I made the decision not to play with him. I will not go into details.

Deschamps refused to go into detail about why he left Pavard after Australia's victory

Deschamps refused to go into detail about why he left Pavard after Australia’s victory

I’ve had several conversations with him. I do not consider it the right thing to do. So you’ll ask me – is it my body, is it in my head?

“The first match didn’t help, of course. That’s why I made a different choice.

The rumored feuding of Pavard and Deschamps in Qatar wasn’t the first time France had run into World Cup notoriety, though.

In 2010, the country suffered one of the darkest days in its sporting history as players rose up against South African manager Raymond Domenech.

Les Bleus members went on strike and refused to rehearse in protest at the decision to send home Nicolas Anelka, who was penalized after an altercation with Domenech during a group defeat against Mexico.

France have had off-field issues at previous World Cups, none more scandalously than in 2010, when disgruntled Raymond Domenech players went on strike.

France have had off-field issues at previous World Cups, none more scandalously than in 2010, when disgruntled Raymond Domenech players went on strike.

Patrice Evra also had to be postponed after confronting the France coach during a heated row on the training ground.

In the end, Dominic’s team finished rock bottom in their block and was sent out earlier than planned, marking a disastrous outing in the 2010 tournament.

France’s Euro 2020 campaign was also marred by off-field tensions between Kylian Mbappe and Giroud, with the Paris Saint-Germain star angry after criticism from his attacking partner over the service he was receiving in attack.

The dispute between Mbappe and Giroud reportedly caused disharmony in the Les Bleus camp, which came just before they suffered a surprise penalty shootout at the hands of Switzerland.

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