Franck Ribery: 'Yann M'Vila punishment was harsh'

Ribery: 'M'Vila punishment was harsh'
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Franck Ribery feels the two-year international ban enforced on Yann M'Vila is harsh.

France winger Franck Ribery has admitted that he feels Yann M'Vila's international ban is harsh.

M'Vila broke a curfew while on international under-21 duty and has been banned until 2014.

Ribery, who has been punished by the French football federation in the past, feels that a fine may have been more beneficial.

"I think the punishment is severe," he said.

"This is not the best way to help a player get back to his best level.

"Sure he deserved a penalty, but rather a fine. Suspended until 2014 is, quite frankly, exaggerated."

Ribery is part of the France squad which will travel to Italy on Wednesday for a friendly match.

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