French minister slams Evra
Patrice Evra should not be allowed to play for France again, according to Minister for Sport Chantal Jouanno.
Last Updated: 29/01/11 2:29pm
France World Cup captain Patrice Evra should not be allowed to play for his country again, according to French Minister for Sport Chantal Jouanno.
The 29-year-old Manchester United left-back is available for selection for Les Bleus' friendly clash with Brazil on 9th February after a five-game ban following last year's dismal World Cup campaign.
Evra and the France team boycotted a training session at the finals in protest at the decision by then-coach Raymond Domenech to send home Nicolas Anelka for insulting him.
New coach Laurent Blanc is set to name his squad on 3rd February and Joanno is hoping Evra will not be included.
"I can't understand the suggestion that the leaders of the revolt in South Africa could get reintegrated. Regardless of their qualities, to bring them back would be unacceptable," Jouanno told L'Equipe.
"One cannot put France to shame and claim to play for France again. There are values.
"I have nothing against Evra, but as a France player, and above all as captain, he didn't defend the values of sport. It would be a huge mistake to forget what happened.
"I am sure there are other talented players who have not tarnished France's image and are waiting to be given a chance."
Following the South Africa tournament last summer Anelka was banned for 18 matches, Evra for five, Franck Ribery for three and Jeremy Toulalan for one. Evra was the only one who appealed the decision.