Abidal says players must make ‘right fouls’

France defender Eric Abidal says players have to “make the

right fouls” to avoid getting a yellow card early at the World Cup

because he thinks referees give them out more easily at that stage

of the tournament.

Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra were booked by Japanese referee

Yuichi Nishimura within the first 20 minutes of France’s 0-0 draw

against Uruguay on Friday for tugging opponents back.

Nishimura also sent off Uruguay’s Nicolas Lodeiro late on in the

game for a second yellow card.

Abidal says “the referees will be more attentive to detail in

the first matches” and “will put their hands in their pockets

more easily” compared to later in a tournament.

France’s next Group A match is against Mexico on Thursday in

Polokwane.