Man Utd’s Evra loses French Football appeal

Manchester United full back Patrice Evra has lost his appeal against the five-match international ban handed to him by the French Football Federation.

Manchester United full back Patrice Evra has lost his appeal against the five-match international ban handed to him by the French Football Federation.

The player was punished by the authorities for the part he played in Les Bleus' shambolic showing at the 2010 World Cup.

As national skipper, Evra was held responsible for a player strike which followed the decision to send Nicolas Anelka home from South Africa in disgrace.

He presented his case to the FFF on Thursday, in the hope that they would relax their stance and allow him to rejoin the fold.

However, he has now been informed that his ban will stand and that he will not be available for selection for the foreseeable future.

"The Appeals High Commission, which met today to consider the appeal by the player Patrice Evra, has decided to confirm the five-match sanction for non-selection by Team France," said a statement on the FFF official website.