Evra suspension stands

Full-back must serve five-match ban

Evra: Appeal turned down

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

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The Manchester United full-back 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.

The experienced defender has always insisted that the suspension placed upon him was unfair and made it clear from the off that he intended to challenge the ruling.


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.

Evra is desperate to play a part under new coach Laurent Blanc, especially as France have made a stuttering start to their Euro 2012 qualification campaign.

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.