Patrice Evra's appeal against his five-match ban from the France national team will be heard by the French Football Federation on Thursday, reports The Sun. The Manchester United left-back captained the side through their dismal World Cup campaign this summer.

But he was sanctioned for his part in the events which saw the team refuse to train on June 20, two days before their final Group A game against host nation South Africa.

The squad returned to their team bus in protest at the exclusion from the tournament of Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, and Evra was seen rowing with fitness coach Robert Duverne.

Evra's representative, Jean-Yves Foucard, said: "Mr Patrice Evra decided to appeal as no grievance may be applied individually, the responsibility for the events clearly being collective."

As it stands, Evra's original ban rules him out until February's friendly against Brazil.

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