Evra ready for appeal

Defender contesting five-match international ban

Evra: Hoping to overturn five-match ban

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France defender Patrice Evra will have his appeal against his five-match ban heard by the French Football Federation on Thursday.

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The 29-year-old Manchester United left-back was handed the suspension for his part in the France side's refusal to train ahead of their final Group A game with South Africa in this summer's World Cup.

Evra and his team-mates were protesting at the exclusion of striker Nicolas Anelka from the squad following an argument with coach Raymond Domenech and Evra, who was skipper throughout the tournament, was seen arguing with fitness coach Robert Duverne moments before leading the sit-in protest on the team bus.

Evra was unhappy at the punishment, which rules him out of all France's games up to their friendly with Brazil in February, and opted to appeal it.

And he will now face the FFF's superior commission, accompanied by his lawyer, in a hearing on Thursday morning.

"Mr Patrice Evra decided to appeal as no grievance may be applied individually, the responsibility for the events clearly being collective," his representative Jean-Yves Foucard said.