Yes, I won't change your mind, and what you think does not mean it is the truth. Like I think Richard chickened out on this tie and probably not the only one here who thought that, but I'm sure it doesn't mean what I think is the truth.
Sorry, but the hard evidence isn't in your favour.
FACT: Gilles' quotes about not being chosen for the deciding rubber last year. Most people who can read the original quote would agree that there is at least a hint of self-centredness
FACT: Richard was advised by the doctor not to play. Forget even mentions that in an interview
It's only me, guilty of defending Simon, please don't drag other fans into this. And what's wrong with defending him? You and some fans always thought Richard is the scapegoat and emphasize that enough, and why do you feel that I don't really know, unless we are still talking about that history of whatever that I can't recall anymore which happened in 2007 and some of you still continue that scapegoat theme til today, maybe you should also tell them to not be so defensive? But I don't see any problem, you defend Richard all you want, it's your right, I won't judge you for feeling the need to defend your favorite.
In fact, I first wrote that scapegoat thing because I read this in Richard's forum
Do you not always see that Richard is the victim of the media all the time? And you seem to think Richard would have been gotten all the blames, hence a scapegoat once again. So why? Didn't Jo and Gael also w/o? The paper has not been nice to Jo either... And you also seem to think that Gilles had taken over that role, hence your relief, no?
Like Schu said, she didn't mean it seriously. I'm not sure what your main point is due to the lack of coherence but if you're suggesting that Richard hasn't been often maligned, you need to familiarise yourself with the French media.
Overall, I think you're overreacting and being over-defensive. If we're here, it's because most of us want the French team to win and I'm no exception, regardless of players shooting themselves in the foot, so rest assured