UEFA warns Franck Ribery he could be suspended if he refuses call-up

Sunday September 7th, 2014

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery could be suspended if he refuses a call-up to the French national team, UEFA president Michel Platini told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

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A back injury held Ribery out of June's World Cup and the 31-year-old announced his retirement from international play in August.

But if French manager Didier Deschamps were to call on Ribery, he would be required to report, Platini told Bild.

"That's written in the FIFA statutes. If he doesn't report for duty, then he would be banned for three matches for Bayern Munich," Platini said, as translated by FOX Sports"It is not the player's decision whether he represents his country, it's the decision of the coach. Ribery cannot simply decide for himself whether he wants to play for France or not."

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Ribery has 81 caps and 16 goals for France in his career.

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