Platini: Ribery should be banned if he refuses France

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has reiterated his belief that a player should be suspended for three club games if he turns down an international call-up

Uefa president Michel Platini is standing by his assertion that Franck Ribery should be banned if he refuses to represent France.

Ribery announced in August that he was retiring from international football for “purely personal” reasons, explaining that the time had come for “a new chapter” in his life after earning 81 caps for Les Bleus.

However, Platini subsequently slammed his compatriot and claimed that, under Uefa guidelines a player, a player can be banned for three club games for turning down an invitation to play for his country.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has now reiterated that if a player refuses an international call-up, they will be suspended.

“In terms of Ribery, I simply remembered Uefa’s rules,” Platini explained in an interview with beIn Sports. “Imagine if tomorrow [France’s] Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and others say that they will not come and that they do not care about the national team?

“What would we do? This is the right regulation.”

Despite Ribery’s retirement, Platini believes that France have every chance of victory when the nation hosts the next European Championship, in two years’ time.

The hosts appeared in disarray after infamous incidents of player ill-discipline at World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 but new boss Didier Deschamps led Les Bleus to the quarter-finals of Brazil 2014, an achievement that has renewed Platini’s faith in the team.

“Deschamps has given hope to the French people,” the Juventus icon enthused. “He has improved the image of this team.

“Of course, he is fortunate to have two starlets with him: [Real Madrid defender] Varane and [Juventus midfielder] Pogba.

“And now they all have two years to prepare for the Euros.”

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