Ukraine kept fouling Ribery, complains Deschamps

The Bleus boss claimed that the Bayern Munich star was not allowed to play in Kiev and blasted the referee for failing to adequately protect the winger

France coach Didier Deschamps has lashed out at Ukraine over their allegedly “aggressive” approach to nullifying Franck Ribery in Friday’s World Cup play-off between the two sides.

The Bayern Munich winger struggled to make an impact as Les Bleus slumped to a 2-0 defeat and his national team coach was not impressed with the lack of protection his star player was afforded by the officials in Kiev.

“Obviously, Ukraine knew how dangerous Ribery could be. They were very aggressive toward him. They made a lot of fouls that went unpunished,” Deschamps was quoted as saying by L’Equipe.

“Ukraine eliminated Franck. He had very few chances to take on his opponent one-on-one. There was always a midfielder around to provide back-up.

“Things were very difficult as there was not a lot of space.”

The second leg will take place at the Stade de France in Paris on November 19.

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