Ribery opts out of appeal

Bayern playmaker wants to win supporters back

Ribery: Not appealing

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Franck Ribery will not be appealing against the three-match ban handed to him following France's World Cup debacle, his lawyer confirmed.

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The Bayern Munich playmaker was involved in the boycotting of the French training camp, where they refused to participate in a full day's session ahead of what proved to be their final game against South Africa.

Les Bleus exited at the first hurdle and were subject to an enquiry by president Nicolas Sarkozy and the French government.

Vice-captain Ribery was just one of several players to be handed a ban from playing for their own country, with Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra and Jeremy Toulalan all receiving different terms.

"Although any individual punishment handed out to him by the federation's disciplinary commission seems to him baseless and thus particularly unfair, Franck Ribery has decided not to appeal the ruling," Jean Didier Lange, the player's lawyer, said.

Dashed reputation

Ribery's reputation has suffered something of a collapse in recent times, with his club's fans reportedly losing faith in the player last season after problems on and off the field.

The 27-year-old had an injury-plagued campaign and was also suspended for the UEFA Champions League final after fouling Lyon's Lisandro Lopez and receiving a straight red card in the semi-final.

Ribery had been given the reputation of being two-faced in the French press, however he denied these allegations and stated he wanted to prove himself to the German public again.

"I'm not two-faced as the press in France portrays me. I had the impression that they always wanted to put me down and I'm happy to be able to now focus on Bayern," Ribery told Sport Bild.

"I'm disappointed (of my image in France) while in Germany it's different, it was less politicised.

"I want and I need the love of the Bayern fans, I play for them. I want to make them happy, their support gives me strength, I have to regain their love this season.

"But the most important is the titles that the team can win and we know now that we can do the triple Bundesliga/German Cup/Champions League."