Ex-France captain appeals WCup-linked suspension

The lawyer for former France captain Patrice Evra says his
client is appealing his five-game suspension, the punishment for
the team’s boycott of a training session at the World Cup.

However, the French Football Federation’s legal arms say that
the appeal will not suspend his punishment, meaning that he still
will not be eligible to play in upcoming European Championship
qualifying matches.

The federation punished four players at a mid-August hearing
after the 23 France players boycotted a training session in South
Africa to protest the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka. The expulsion
came after Anelka insulted then-coach Raymond Domenech during a 2-0
loss to Mexico.

Anelka received an 18-game suspension.