A group of France under-21 players picked up lengthy international bans on Thursday as punishment for breaking a night-time curfew between two key European championship qualifiers last month. The guilty five are Rennes duo Yann Mvila and Chris Mavinga, Wissam Ben Yedder of Toulouse, Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann and Mbaye Niang of AC Milan.
Mvila picked up the longest suspension, until June 30, 2014, with the other four banned until December 31, 2013. The stringent punishments were handed down by the French Football Federation’s disciplinary committee. — AFP