UEFA president Michel Platini is threatening Franck Ribery with a ban from club football if he does not continue to play for France, despite having announced his international retirement.
Bayern Munich winger Ribery, 31, quit after the World Cup having missed the tournament with a back injury and has not played for his country since November 2013.
Ribery did not feature in the 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia on Sunday but Platini insists he will invoke a FIFA rule that states a player must accept his national team call-up should RIbery refuse to play in future.
Platini said: “Franck cannot decide himself whether he plays for France.
“If Didier Deschamps picks him then he must come. That’s the FIFA rule. If he doesn’t come, he will be suspended for three Bayern Munich games.”
The FIFA rule was introduced to prevent players from being able to select which national games they turn out for but a country usually respects a player’s decision to retire from international football.
This is not an unfamiliar situation regarding a French international, with a similar incident surrounding former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele in 2006.
Then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho told former France head coach Raymond Domenech he was treating Makelele “like a slave” after forcing him to play despite having announced his international retirement at 33.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor