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December 17, 2007 - June 3, 2009: Former Ligue 1 Manager of the Year Guy Lacombe went out of his way to deny Yann M'Vila the chance to play for the first team. Here's an excerpt from Andy Brassell's article on ESPN FC about the incident:
If M'Vila's own doggedness is only to be admired, he owes plenty to the faith of his current coach—and fellow straight-talker—[Frédéric] Antonetti. The bluff Corsican's predecessor in the Rennes hotseat, Guy Lacombe, viewed M'Vila as a loose cannon despite his talent. Yet Antonetti gave M'Vila his first-team chance within weeks of arriving at the Stade de la Route de Lorient, and promoted his protégé's chances of a France call-up when M'Vila had barely 20 first-team matches under his belt, to the sniggers of a not-inconsiderable number of journalists.
Writing in Sports Illustrated, Ben Lyttleton stated that Lacombe was also irritated by M'Vila's attitude.
September 27, 2008: While playing for the reserves, M'Vila was sent off in the 36th minute after getting into an altercation with Pontivy player Fabrice Péru.
August 30, 2009: M'Vila was shown a red card in the 70th minute after a dangerous two-footed lunge on Lens midfielder Razak Boukari. It was an incomprehensible decision by M'Vila for two reasons.
First and foremost, Rennes had a one-man advantage with the game tied at 1-1 (Lens defender Marco Ramos had been sent off 19 minutes earlier).
Furthermore, Razak was facing the other way when the tackle was made. How on earth was M'Vila going to win the ball?
Two minutes later, Lens scored—the match ended 2-2 after an equaliser in stoppage time from Asamoah Gyan.
M'Vila's playing style would later evolve into one that only included high-percentage tackles. A year later, Boukari became M'Vila's teammate.
September 25, 2010: Le Mensuel de Rennes reported that M'Vila admitted his involvement in a January road rage incident.
November 3, 2011: A minute after Celtic forward Gary Hooper was booked, M'Vila—already on a yellow card and with Rennes down 3-1—was sent off for a second bookable offence. If M'Vila ever needs a new P.R. man, he should hire Craig Burley.
April 12, 2012: If M'Vila wasn't held back by a security guard, the French international may have assaulted a heckler.
May 1, 2012: Ouest-france.fr reported that M'Vila was arrested for assaulting a 17-year-old.
June 23, 2012: M'Vila gave the cold shoulder to manager Laurent Blanc after being subbed off against Spain at Euro 2012.
October 13, 2012: M'Vila, Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezmann, M'Baye Niang and Chris Mavinga abandoned training camp to go nightclubbing in Paris before the crucial Under-21 Euro qualification playoff second leg against Norway. France were beaten 5-3 and M'Vila was given a 2/10 performance rating by L'Équipe (h/t Matt Spiro).
You can just imagine Lacombe wagging his finger at Rennes management and saying: "I told you so."