Evra appeals five-match ban

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PARIS -- France World Cup captain Patrice Evra plans to appeal his five-match ban from playing for the French national team.

The French Football Federation suspended four players, with Nicolas Anelka, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan also being punished, after the team refused to practice during the World Cup.

Anelka received an 18-match ban, effectively ending his international career, Evra received five games, Ribery three and Toulalan one.

Anelka's argument with coach Raymond Domenech at halftime of a 2-0 defeat to Mexico started a serious of events that led to the team refusing to practice.


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