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M'Vila banned until July 2014

November 8, 2012
By Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent

France midfielder Yann M'Vila has been banned ''from any national team" until after the 2014 World Cup after breaking a curfew.

Yann M'Vila Rennes
GettyImagesM'Vila has been banned from the French national team until after the next World Cup

M'Vila, 22, was one of five France Under-21 players reprimanded for visiting a Paris nightclub just days before the second leg of last month's Euro 2013 play-off defeat in Norway, which saw Les Bleus fail to qualify for next year's tournament.

But while Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezmann, Chris Mavinga and M'baye Niang were suspended until December 31, 2013, Rennes star M'Vila has been hit the hardest and is facing a ban from international duty until June 30, 2014.

Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti suspended M'Vila and Mavinga on October 19 after a discussion with the club's president Frederic de Saint-Sernin, and the sporting director, Pierre Dreossi.

They were banished to the reserves while serving the suspension but have since returned to the first-team.