Reports are coming through that Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann M’Vila will be called before the French Football Federation disciplinary committee.
They will face charges brought for a variety of offences that were committed during the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine, when France lost in the quarter-final to Spain, the eventual winners.
And this is the second tournament in a row where French players have been charged with disciplinary issues.
Nasri probably faces the most serious charge, after he argued with a journalist and used foul language after the Les Bleus’ defeat by Spain, by the score of 2-0.
Menez allegedly gestured towards his own goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, Rennes midfielder M’Vila reacted to his substitution by refusing to shake hands with manager Laurent Blanc, and Ben Arfa was involved in a dressing room argument with the manager after the 2-0 defeat by France.
FFF President Noel Le Graet confirmed that there would be no bonuses paid out to their players:
“This money is blocked, which may be redistributed, perhaps not.” “I don’t like to punish by nature and I don’t like to deliver a hasty opinion, but our players should be punished or sanctioned.
“I don’t want them thinking they are victims. They are not.”
Of course the French players would have given their bonus money to charities, which is now customary, so it’s not like they are losing that money – the charities are.
We’re not sure it’s a good thing that France are being so open with the way they punish their stars – since the events were nowhere near as serious as those that happened during the World Cup in South Africa.
Couldn’t the FFF have done it in a more low key way – rather than have the news broadcast around the world? It was bad enough two years ago.
Laurent Blanc has since left the job as France manager, but he did a very good job in bringing France back from their disastrous World Cup two years ago.