Evra to appeal against French Football's five game international ban

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra will appeal the five-match ban imposed for his part in France's players' strike at the World Cup.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra will appeal the five-match ban imposed for his part in France's players' strike at the World Cup.

The 29-year-old was captain of France at this summer's World Cup finals in which they disappointed after crashing out at the first hurdle.

Controversy reigned as players went on strike the day after Nicolas Anelka was sent home for lashing out at then manager Raymond Domenech for being played out of position.

The FFF's disciplinary committee handed the left-back a five-game ban for his part in the strike, although his lawyer insists nothing official has been filed and that he will appeal the sentence.

"To this day, Mr Patrice Evra has not received notification of the decision by the Federal Disciplinary Commission (of the French Football Federation) on August 17 banning him from the French team for five matches," his lawyer Jean-Yves Foucard said.

"Mr Patrice Evra has decided to appeal in that nothing untoward can be ascribed to him on an individual basis given that the responsibility for the said events on the (team) bus at Knysna is to all evidence collective."

Foucard went on to state that the appeal would "allow Mr Laurent Blanc, the national coach, to select Mr Patrice Evra if he so wishes as the appeal is suspensive" under federation rules.

However, a federation legal department spokesman insists Evra's lawyer is incorrect: "The lawyer has it all wrong. The decision was sent out and the reasons behind the punishment will be there and the disciplinary body has moreover decided to lift the suspensive element - this appeal is not suspensive."

 
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