Platini: Ban Ribery for international retirement

The Bayern winger quit the France team after missing World Cup through injury.

But Platini said the player does not have right to refuse a call-up from coach Didier Deschamps and should be suspended from club football for three games.

“I have zero understanding of this,” Platini told Bild. “It is not the decision of the players whether they come to the national team. This is the decision of the coach.

He continued: “Franck cannot simply decide whether he plays for France or not. If coach Didier Deschamps invites him, he must come to the national team.

“This is defined in the FIFA statutes. If he does not come, he is suspended for three games with Bayern Munich.

“I don’t understand him anyway. He is French, the European Championship in 2016 will take place in France.”

Despite his hard line attitude to his compatriot, Platini said the same did not apply to Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm, whose exit from the national side was apparently agreed with coach Joachim Loew.

“If there is disagreement between Lahm and Loew, the Germany coach will no longer call on him, that’s one thing. But basically it is not Lahm’s decision, it’s Loew’s.

“(With Ribery) it’s a very different situation.”

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