International Football

Yann M'Vila Suspended from French National Team Until 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11:  Yann M'Vila of France lines in action during the International Friendly between France and USA at Stade de France on November 11, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 8, 2012

The French Football Federation has suspended midfielder Yann M'Vila from its national team until June 30, 2014.

A report by Goal.com confirms that M'Vila, along with other U-21 players Chris Mavinga, Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezmann and M'baye Niang, will be kicked off the French squad for visiting a nightclub before a Euro 2013 qualifying fixture with Norway in October.

M'Vila and Mavinga are teammates on Ligue 1 club Rennes, and were left out of a match against Montpellier after news of the incident broke.

The other aforementioned players will be permitted to return by the FFF at the very end of 2013, but M'Vila isn't so fortunate.

The suspension puts M'Vila's status for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in serious doubt, and will be a detriment for France moving forward. The national team currently sits at No. 18 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking table.

Although just making a name for himself on the senior team as a substitute, M'Vila's continued development and outstanding defensive ability would have made him a huge asset in the qualifying fixtures leading up to the World Cup.

He could have perhaps even broken into the starting lineup, considering how good of a passer he has been for Rennes.

As Allen Jiang of B/R notes, M'Vila has outstanding stamina and is in great health, just entering the prime of his career.

Unfortunately, it now seems hypothetical to reflect on M'Vila's potential impact for France in Rio de Janeiro.

The 22-year-old himself will have a substantial amount of time to reflect on this one poor decision to break curfew, and how it led to much graver ramifications for his future on the pitch, as well as that of his country.

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