News today that French stars Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez have been handed suspensions from the France national team, following a disciplinary hearing into what went on at Euro 2012 tournament, which was held at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris.
Newcastle midfielder Ben Arfa in Paris earlier today
But the good news if that Newcastle’s mercurial midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has escaped a ban, after his alleged argument with French manager Laurent Blanc in the dressing room, following the 2-0 defeat by Sweden in the last group game of Group D, but he has been given a warning as to his future conduct.
Samir Nasri has been banned for three games, following his foul language outburst at French reporters following France’s 2-0 defeat by Spain in the quarterfinals.
PSG winger Menez, who was the only player not present at today’s hearing, was banned for one game, as his punishment for confronting the referee and also swearing at his captain, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, during the quarter final clash with Spain.
Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila also escaped a ban, and the charge was that he didn’t shake the hand of manager Laurent Blanc after being substituted, and also didn’t shake hands with the player replacing him – Olivier Giroud – naughty boy.
After the hearing the FFF disciplinary commission President Jean Mazzella had this to say to the French Daily L’Equipe:
“The meeting was calm, the players gave explanations and showed a very good attitude.” ‘They defended themselves but they answered all the questions we asked them. They did not apologise, they showed regret.”
But it remains to be seen if new France manager Didier Deschamps will choose Ben Arfa for the August 15th friendly against Uruguay, after the two of them hardly saw eye to eye when they were at Marseilles together.