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.