World cup row Brighton model could be taken to court

Anara Atanes second from the right

Anara Atanes second from the right

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A Brighton-born model at the centre of a World Cup row could find herself in court.

French football manager Didier Deschamps has filed a civil lawsuit against model and pop group member Anara Atanes over her Twitter outburst following her boyfriend Samir Nasri’s exclusion from the country’s World Cup Squad.

The former Brighton and Hove High School For Girls pupil tweeted a number of expletive-filled messages following the expulsion of the Manchester City midfielder from France’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup Finals which start next month.

One of the tweets is said to have questioned the managerial ability of Deschamps – a former World Cup winner during his illustrious playing career.

The former Varndean College performing arts student has since apologised for her comments and any offence she may have caused to her boyfriend’s countrymen and women.

The French coach cited Nasri’s recent form and the potential for his behaviour to weaken team spirit during the tournament in Brazil as the reasons behind his shock exclusion.

The midfielder, who was also dropped from the 2010 French World Cup squad, was a key player in Manchester City regaining the Premier League title this month.

His 25-year-old Brighton-born and raised girlfriend was signed up to a top model agency in London when she was 15.

She was announced as one of the members of girl group Fanfair in 2011.

Miss Atanes tweeted last week: “I apologise if I offended anyone from France, my tweets were not aimed at the nation as a whole.”

The French Football Federation has also been drawn into the row, releasing a statement backing their manager.

They wrote: “The FFF condemns insulting remarks against Didier Deschamps and fully supports the coach in his approach.

“The unanimous feedback confirmed that the whole of France condemned such remarks.

“The FFF believes that the unanimous indignation is enough to condemn such behaviour.”

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6:28am Wed 21 May 14

mark by the sea says...

Oh dear a wag in trouble, accusing the manager because your stroppy boyfriend is not included in the squad!
Oh dear a wag in trouble, accusing the manager because your stroppy boyfriend is not included in the squad! mark by the sea
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6:35am Wed 21 May 14

Dave At Home says...

So the local WAG has been gagged, and done her boyfriend a lot of good in his future career as a footballer. And what was it she said exactly? Well here it is -

"F*** france and f*** deschamps! What a s*** manager!," she tweeted.

And added: "Incase u didnt read my tweet properly.... Ill repeat myself..... f*** FRANCE!!!!! And f*** deschamps!"

No wonder they are very upset with her, of course, all her twitter account is now protected.
So the local WAG has been gagged, and done her boyfriend a lot of good in his future career as a footballer. And what was it she said exactly? Well here it is - "F*** france and f*** deschamps! What a s*** manager!," she tweeted. And added: "Incase u didnt read my tweet properly.... Ill repeat myself..... f*** FRANCE!!!!! And f*** deschamps!" No wonder they are very upset with her, of course, all her twitter account is now protected. Dave At Home
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6:49am Wed 21 May 14

Fight_Back says...

Some people need to get a thicker skin ! Did Deschamps take supporters to court who shouted insults at him when he played ? Pathetic over-reaction.
Some people need to get a thicker skin ! Did Deschamps take supporters to court who shouted insults at him when he played ? Pathetic over-reaction. Fight_Back
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7:36am Wed 21 May 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

Surely then he might have to prove that he is not a 'sh*t manager'? Good luck with that...
Surely then he might have to prove that he is not a 'sh*t manager'? Good luck with that... Baffled of Brighton
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8:37am Wed 21 May 14

tabman says...

Ah the benefits of an expensive private education:
"Only private schools are able to give kids a rounded moral education, says Robert Walden – chair of the Independent Schools Association (ISA)"
Bet B&H High School for gels is chuffed with this ex -pupil!
Ah the benefits of an expensive private education: "Only private schools are able to give kids a rounded moral education, says Robert Walden – chair of the Independent Schools Association (ISA)" Bet B&H High School for gels is chuffed with this ex -pupil! tabman
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10:30am Wed 21 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

So what exactly has she done wrong? Telling the French team and manager that they can 'get lost' isn't a criminal offence.
So what exactly has she done wrong? Telling the French team and manager that they can 'get lost' isn't a criminal offence. ZeeGee, ffs
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