Franck Ribery could be in for a very short retirement.
After calling it quits from international football earlier this summer, Ribery could be forced to suit up for France if called upon by manger Didier Deschamps.
Ribery, 31, missed the World Cup with a back injury and retired from France in August. It was a decision that shocked many, considering Ribery is still one of the best players in the world and has been in good form with Bayern Munich. With Euro 2016 coming up in France, it seemed like an odd time for Ribery to hang up his boots.
But now fellow-Frenchman and UEFA President Michel Platini says Ribery would face a suspension if he did not play for France.
“If (coach) Didier Deschamps picks him, he must come. That’s the FIFA rule. If he doesn’t come, he will be suspended for three Bayern Munich games.”
FIFA rules stipulate that a player must accept call-ups from their national teams, in an effort to prevent clubs from picking and choosing which players can go out on international duty.
It is rare that a manager would select a player who has announced his retirement, but it could happen. And if Didier Deschamps is trying to put together France’s best possible squad, Ribery’s name would be at the top of the list.
However unlikely any of this is to happen, it’s always fun to hear about the roller-coaster ride of representing France.