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The French Show Us What Discipline Is All About

8 years ago

Say what you like about the French but they can teach us a lesson or two.

French football is reeling after one of their best young players, Yann M’Vila, was banned from their national team until June 2014 and will miss the World Cup in Brazil if France qualify.

The Rennes defensive midfielder already has 22 senior caps despite only being 22 years old. His crime was to have an unauthorised night out while on under 21 duty – four other players; Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezmann, Chris Mavinga and M’Baye Niang did the same and their suspensions end on the last day of 2013.

M’Vila had been in trouble before when reacting badly to being substituted against Spain during the Euros in the summer.

Of course the likes of Nasri and our own Hatem Ben Arfa were also disciplined after France’s Euro failure, though Ben Arfa’s ongoing exclusion from the French national team is a personal ban initiated by manager Didier Deschamps, after previous run-ins with the player when he managed him at Marseille.

I only wish we could take a similar line in this country where the players at the top of our game, both in the national team and the Premier League, see themselves as untouchable and their behaviour predictably has got worse with each passing year.

John Terry obviously is near the top of any list but how on earth England have allowed Ashley Cole to keep playing after calling his bosses ‘Tw*ts’, in the most public way possible, is anybody’s guess.

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