Desailly calls for Evra ban
Marcel Desailly believes Patrice Evra should be suspended for his role in France's World Cup campaign.
Last Updated: 09/07/10 11:01am
Marcel Desailly believes France captain Patrice Evra should be suspended for his role in Les Bleus' divisive World Cup campaign.
France were dumped out in the group stage of the South Africa tournament amid huge animosity in the camp, with Nicolas Anelka and coach Raymond Domenech involved in a disagreement which resulted in the Chelsea forward's expulsion from the squad.
The shambles continued as the players went on strike in protest of Anelka's removal, and Les Bleus' controversial campaign ended with the 2006 finalists finishing bottom of Group A with just one point and one goal.
French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes resigned from his post in the aftermath of the debacle, while Domenech stepped down immediately after the World Cup to be succeeded by Laurent Blanc - although that decision had been made ahead of the tournament.
And France legend Desailly, who helped France to the World Cup trophy in 1998 and the European Championship title two years later, winning 116 caps, has called for skipper and Manchester United defender Evra to be held accountable.
"The Federation president and the coach have already paid the price," Desailly told French newspaper Metro.
"And I think that Evra, who is the origin of the strike, should pay too.
"The captain made a mistake and he has to assume the consequences of his actions.
"He decided not to train, before realising his mistake and apologising. But he deserves at least a temporary suspension.
"He is an excellent player, our best left-back, but he should be suspended for two months, because the captain is the first one to be an example.
"His behaviour affected the image of France throughout the world."