Thursday, September 9, 2010

France upholds Evra five-game ban

Patrice Evra
Evra was France's captain in South Africa

Manchester United's French defender Patrice Evra has lost his appeal against a five-match international ban.

Evra, 29, was suspended for his part in a player revolt during the 2010 World Cup over a row between striker Nicolas Anelka and then coach Raymond Domenech.

"The Appeals High Commission confirms the five-match sanction for non-selection by France," read a statement from the French Football Federation.

Evra captained France as they endured a disastrous campaign in South Africa.

Anelka's team-mates refused to train after the row with Domenech, which led to the team finishing bottom of their group with just one goal and one point in three matches.

New coach Laurent Blanc suspended all 23 members of the World Cup squad for his first game in charge, a friendly against Norway in August, which France lost 2-1.

France also made an uncertain start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, losing 1-0 at home to Belarus, before beating Bosnia-Hercegovina 2-0 in Sarajevo.

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