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Karim Benzema ruled out of France v Spain clash after speeding offence

Spain judiciary hand national team a boost after summoning Benzema over 134mph speeding offence… on day of France clash

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

13:59 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:07 GMT, 1 March 2013

Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph

Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph earlier this year

The Spanish judiciary has done the nation's football team a favour by telling speeding Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema he must appear in court on March 26 – the same day France play Spain in Paris in a vital World Cup qualifier.

Benzema was caught doing 134 mph on Madrid's M40 ring road in the early hours of February 3 – twice the speed limit.

He was meant to appear last Tuesday but asked for a postponement because he was in Real Madrid's squad to play Barcelona in the Cup.

Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss his country's qualifier

Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss France's World Cup qualifier

Now he will need to explain to France
boss Didier Deschamps that instead of being at Stade de France in Paris
he will be answering to his fourth traffic misdemeanor in the
three-and-a-half seasons he has been at Real Madrid.

He was fined for dangerous driving in Ibiza in 2011, involved in a Lamborghini accident on Reunion Island in 2009, and he drove into a tree on the way home from his first clasico in 2009.

The player could face between three and six months prison sentence although a hefty fine and a driving ban of between one and four years is more likely.

Hugo Lloris row continues as Didier Deschamps hits back at Andre Villas-Boas

Deschamps turns deaf ear to Villas-Boas as row over Lloris rumbles on

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 12 November 2012

Didier Deschamps has hit back at Andre Villas-Boas as the war of words between the two over Hugo Lloris intensified.

Deschamps has been at odds with Villas-Boas ever since the Portuguese signed the France goalkeeper from Lyon for 8million on transfer deadline day.

The France head coach is unhappy that Lloris, who also captains the national team, is not a regular starter at Tottenham, where he is in competition with Brad Friedel.

Blunder: Lloris made a mistake for Spurs in the Europa League last night

Blunder: Lloris made a mistake for Spurs in the Europa League last night

Last week Deschamps claimed Villas-Boas' rotation policy could have a detrimental effect on the goalkeeper's form. The Spurs manager shrugged off the claims, saying of Deschamps' comments: 'It goes in one ear and comes out the other.'

Deschamps responded with a similar barb on Monday.

No 1: Lloris captains France

No 1: Lloris captains France

'I have two ears as well. What he (Villas-Boas) says has the same effect on me,' Deschamps was quoted as saying at a France press conference reported by L'Equipe.

Lloris has started six games for Spurs, but only one of them has come in the Barclays Premier League. The Frenchman was partly to blame for a howling error in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Maribor last Thursday, and 41-year-old Friedel was preferred for Sunday's game at Manchester City.

Deschamps, whose team travel to Italy
for a friendly on Wednesday, has been encouraged to see Lloris getting
more game time of late but also claimed the stopper is not playing as
much as he would like to.

'We are not talking of a player who does not play,' Deschamps said.

'Since he played his excellent match against Spain (France's 1-1 draw last month), he has kept goal three times.

'Hugo is playing one match per week. Of course, he would like to play more, and it is not the case for the moment,' the former Chelsea midfielder was quoted as saying on Eurosport's website.

'He is getting on with it as best he possibly can (but) obviously he would like to play more.'

Yann M"Vila banned from France duty until 2014

Rebel M'Vila handed TWO-YEAR ban from France squads following nightclub trip

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UPDATED:

16:56 GMT, 8 November 2012

Former Arsenal and Tottenham transfer target Yann M'Vila has been suspended from the France national squad until 2014.

The 22-year-old was disciplined along with Under 21 internationals Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezman, Chris Mavinga and M'baye Niang after they visited a nightclub in between the crucial Euro 2013 qualifying matches against Norway in October.

While the other players have been handed bans lasting until December 31, 2013, Stade Rennais midfielder M'Vila, who has 22 caps, has been issued a more severe sanction, preventing him from representing his country at any level until Monday, June 30, 2014, leaving his potential participation in the World Cup in serious jeopardy.

Marching orders: Yann M'vila has been banned from the France set-up for two years

Marching orders: Yann M'vila has been banned from the France set-up for two years

Marching orders: Yann M'vila has been banned from the France set-up for two years

Previously, the midfielder was suspended for one match after refusing to shake the hand of coach Laurent Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud when he was taken off against Spain during Euro 2012.

Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps has given playmaker Yoann Gourcuff another chance to resurrect his international career by including him in the squad to play Italy.

Gourcuff has struggled with loss of form and injuries since his standout year in helping Bordeaux to the league title four seasons ago, leading to comparisons with famed No 10 Zinedine Zidane.

Blanc kept faith with him for several months last season, but then left him out from his squad for Euro 2012.

But Gourcuff has been in good form since returning to the Lyon side after a spell out through injury. He was outstanding in the 5-2 thrashing of Bastia last time out.

Hugo Lloris sends message to Spurs with penalty save against Spain

Lloris message for AVB while Arsenal's Giroud nets in France fightback

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 16 October 2012

Olivier Giroud's header deep into stoppage time salvaged a deserved draw for France against world champions Spain in Madrid and ended the hosts' run of 24 consecutive qualifying victories.

Sergio Ramos had fired home after his initial effort had come off the post in the 26th minute to give Spain the lead but they were left to rue Cesc Fabregas' missed penalty just before half-time.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris can barely get a game for Spurs at the moment due to the form of team-mate and rival Brad Friedel, but France's captain sent a message back to Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas with a fine stop from Fabregas's strike.

All smiles: France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) celebrates the draw in Spain

All smiles: France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) celebrates the draw in Spain

Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko looked to have squandered France's best chances to claim a point as they missed clear openings late on but with the last attack of the game Franck Ribery crossed for Giroud to head low into the far corner.

The striker has also been struggling to impose himself at Arsenal following his summer move to England from Montpellier, but he proved his predatory instincts with a deadly header.

The draw means that both sides remain locked together at the top of Group I with seven points from three games.

As expected Vicente del Bosque had made just the one change from the side that started the 4-0 victory over Belarus on Friday as Andres Iniesta replaced Santi Cazorla, but the Arsenal midfielder was forced into action after just 10 minutes when David Silva had to come off with an injury.

Cazorla even had the first effort on goal after a slow start but his low drive was easily held by Hugo Lloris, but French boss Didier Deschamps will have been hugely frustrated that after comfortably soaking up the hosts' usual probing they conceded such a sloppy goal from a set-piece midway through the half.

Tres bon: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates his goal with France team-mate Blaise Matuidi

Tres bon: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates his goal with France team-mate Blaise Matuidi

Xavi's corner found Ramos completely unmarked just six yards from goal and after his initial header came back off the post, the defender was on hand to turn the ball high into the net when Pedro pulled it back across the area.

The goal though forced France forward and they were very nearly level 10 minutes later when Benzema was released by Ribery but his cross-shot could not beat his Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas as the Spain captain turned the ball behind for a corner.

France threatened again moments later when Jeremy Menez was ruled narrowly offside when he prodded in Benzema's knock down from Yohan Cabaye's free-kick, but the visitors were then thankful to Lloris to only be 1-0 down at the break.

The Tottenham goalkeeper first produced a fine save down to his right to parry Fabregas' penalty after Laurent Koscielny had clattered into Pedro inside the area and three minutes later the French skipper saved his side again as he denied fierce efforts from Pedro and Fabregas inside the area.

Paying the penalty: Cesc Fabregas saw this spot kick saved by Lloris in the France goal

Paying the penalty: Cesc Fabregas saw this spot kick saved by Lloris in the France goal

Spain's start to the second period was disrupted just as it was in the first by an early injury as this time Alvaro Arbeloa limped off, replaced by Juanfran, and that change seemed to give Ribery some encouragement as he attacked with far more purpose than he had before the break.

The Bayern Munich playmaker saw a shot deflected just wide on 58 minutes before Koscielny failed to make a clean connection to turn in the resulting corner.

Fabregas and Xavi then had chances to seal the points but both were denied by last ditch French defending as they bore down on goal.

Benzema really ought to have brought Deschamps' men level as he somehow miscued from Ribery's fantastic cross with the goal at his mercy from five yards.

Worrying: Manchester City midfielder David Silva (right) hobbled off injured after just 10 minutes

Worrying: Manchester City midfielder David Silva (right) hobbled off injured after just 10 minutes

France continued to threaten though with Benzema's movement in particular causing all sorts of problems and he teed up another great chance for substitute Sissoko 17 minutes from time but the Toulouse midfielder blazed his volley over.

Benzema was eventually forced off himself with a knock two minutes from the end but it turned out to be a fortunate change for Deschamps as, with his only real involvement in the game, Giroud delicately directed Ribery's pinpoint cross into the net.

Per Mertesacker boost for Arsenal as defender ready to face West Ham

Mertesacker boost for Arsenal as defender ready to face West Ham

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 4 October 2012

Arsenal are confident Per Mertesacker
will be fit for Saturday's league match at West Ham after he became the
latest player to be struck down by an outbreak of flu.

Mertesacker missed Wednesday's
Champions League win over Olympiacos because of the virus, joining Theo
Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Thomas Vermaelen on the list of Gunners
players who have been hit by the illness in recent weeks.

Boost: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

Boost: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

However, the news that Arsenal expect the centre back to recover by the weekend will come as a welcome boost to Arsene Wenger, who has also given full back Bacary Sagna the green light to make his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg in Monday night's Under 21 match against Reading.

There was less favourable news for the Arsenal manager on Thursday after he was on the receiving end of an attack from France boss Didier Deschamps for blaming Les Bleus for Abou Diaby's latest injury setback.

Wenger criticised the decision to select Diaby for last month's fixtures against Finland and Belarus, but Deschamps said: 'I want to remind him (Wenger) that I am the only one to decide who will be picked and how long those who are picked will play.'

Spurs to pick Brad Friedel ahead of Hugo Lloris for Reading game

Lloris unhappy as Friedel stays at No 1 for Reading game as French keeper settles for place on the bench

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 14 September 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has told 12million signing Hugo Lloris he is the future of Tottenham — but admitted the present belongs to veteran Brad Friedel.

France captain Lloris, 25, returned from international duty to find that Friedel will keep the goalkeeper’s jersey for Sunday’s trip to Reading.

Villas-Boas had risked upsetting Lloris by naming Friedel, 41, as his first choice after his stunning saves in Spurs’ last outing against Norwich.

Feeling Bleus: France captain Hugo Lloris is facing an uncertain future at Spurs

Feeling Bleus: France captain Hugo Lloris is facing an uncertain future at Spurs

Lloris conceded that the news was ‘not nice to hear’ and France coach Didier Deschamps revealed that Lloris was unhappy at learning he would be second fiddle to Friedel. But if he was banking on a change in fortune at his first Spurs training session on Friday, he was wrong.

Villas-Boas said: ‘Brad is looking consistent and deserves his place. We’ve had the conversation with Hugo. We’re extremely happy he is part of this squad. We’ve no doubts about his talent and future at the club, but for the game against Reading, we made the decision to stick with Brad.’

Still No 1: Brad Friedel has impressed between the sticks this season

Still No 1: Brad Friedel has impressed between the sticks this season

Reports are emanating from France that Lloris, with 40 caps, could be dropped for their World Cup qualifier against Spain next month if he has not had regular club action.

But Villas-Boas said: ‘There’s no contract where you have to be entitled to a first-team place. We don’t work like that at Tottenham and no team in the world works like that. ‘Bearing in mind the market, the price we got Hugo for, and bearing in mind that he was Lyon’s keeper, the French No 1 and captain, it was an excellent grab for us.’

Feeling the heat: AVB would have wanted a smoother start at Spurs

Feeling the heat: AVB would have wanted a smoother start at Spurs

Some think Lloris could be at White Hart Lane longer than Villas-Boas, who, if they fail to win tomorrow, will become the first Spurs boss to go without a win from his opening four games in charge.

Abou Diaby injured with France

Arsenal on edge as Deschamps rules Diaby out of France action with muscle injury

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UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 10 September 2012

Arsenal's early season optimism has taken a blow after Abou Diaby was ruled out of action through injury.

The France midfielder had been one of the stars of the Gunners' solid start to the season, and backed that up with a match-winning performance in his country's opening World Cup qualifier against Finland.

Finding form: Abou Diaby's blistering start to the season has been halted

Finding form: Abou Diaby's blistering start to the season has been halted

But now it seems the apparent fragile
state of his body has struck again, with Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps
revealing a muscular concern means the 26-year-old will miss Tuesday's
qualifier at home to Belarus.

The manager said: 'Diaby took a bad shot and he has muscular discomfort. He is not free in his movements.'

The news will come as a blow to the club, who had hoped a strict pre-season regime had finally put pay to years of injury following a career threatening injury in 2006.

Arsene Wenger is a big fan of his countryman and was as delighted as anybody with the start Diaby made to the season, helping the club to a win and two draws without conceding a goal.

There was, however, a ray of light for Arsenal with summer signing Olivier Giroud given the all clear by Deschamps to play in Tuesday's match.

He added: 'He could play. He trained normally. We can ask questions on pace for 90 minutes.'

Hugo Lloris wants talks with Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

Showdown! France stopper Lloris to demand talks with AVB over Spurs snub

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UPDATED:

09:04 GMT, 10 September 2012

Hugo Lloris' uncomfortable start to life at Tottenham has taken a fresh twist with the France goalkeeper set to demand talks with Andre Villas-Boas when he returns from international duty.

The former Lyon stopper only moved to White Hart Lane on deadline day, but has been disappointed by the comments of his manager in the aftermath of the only game since.

On his knees: Hugo Lloris wants talks with Andre Villas-Boas over his future

On his knees: Hugo Lloris wants talks with Andre Villas-Boas over his future

After a match-saving performance against
Norwich, Brad Friedel was reaffirmed as Villas-Boas' No 1 for the
season, suggesting the coveted jersey was the American's to lose.

France boss Didier Deschamps hit out at his compatriot and now it Lloris has revealed he wants clarification on the situation as soon as he gets back to London following Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

'When I join up with the national team, I concentrate uniquely and we’ll see about my personal situation when I go back,' Lloris said. 'Obviously it is not nice if the coach says he will pick someone else for the first team, but we can see what happens.

'For now, I have to put the situation to one side as France have important matches and I cannot worry about what might happen at my club.'

As for Friedel, the veteran has laid down the law to his new team-mate, insisting he has every intention of keeping hold of his starting berth.

Causing a stir: Andre Villas-Boas' comments were criticised by Didier Deschamps

Causing a stir: Andre Villas-Boas' comments were criticised by Didier Deschamps

The 41-year-old American said: 'I feel like I played pretty well in my last game and hopefully I continue to get picked. Right now I believe the shirt is mine to lose.

'I believe the manager came out and said that and if this is the case then it’s a great challenge for me.'

Abou Diaby praised by Didier Deschamps

Deschamps lauds 'complete' Diaby as Arsenal midfielder stars in Finland win

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UPDATED:

10:10 GMT, 8 September 2012

France coach Didier Deschamps hailed Abou Diaby as the 'complete midfielder' after the Arsenal man marked his international return following a long-term injury with the winning goal against Finland.

Diaby played just five times for Arsenal last season due to a string of injuries, including a calf problem and a broken ankle, but has started the Gunners' first three games in the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

That was enough to persuade Deschamps to pitch him straight into World Cup qualifying action and the 26-year-old repaid his faith by converting Karim Benzema's pass as Les Bleus opened their Group I campaign with a 1-0 win in Helsinki on Friday night.

On song: Diaby is mobbed after netting on Friday night

On song: Diaby is mobbed after netting on Friday night

And the coach, for whom it was a first competitive game in charge after succeeding Laurent Blanc, said: 'He is a boy with a lot of qualities, but I knew that. He is a complete midfielder.'

Diaby himself added in L'Equipe: 'It was a good return, I was pleased. I hope this will be the real return.'

Rio Mavuba also praised his central midfield partner, describing him as 'indispensable for the France squad'.

The Lille player added: 'He has again proved his qualities and that he can dictate the tempo. I hope he carries on like that.'

Mavuba was delighted with a winning start which he believes will be essential as France do battle with reigning world and European champions Spain in the bid to qualify for Brazil in 2014.

Back to his best: Diaby has also been impressing for Arsenal

Back to his best: Diaby has also been impressing for Arsenal

'It was important to start well,' he said. 'We are in a difficult group with Spain, who do not often slip up, so we have to win against teams like this.

'We feel this squad has a lot of scope to develop. We have to repeat the first-half performance.'

Deschamps added: 'It's never easy to win away from home, especially against a team who showed more than we expected.

'We controlled the game well, we were hardly ever troubled in the first half – much more so in the second when they brought on (Njazi) Kuqi.

'We did not look after the ball so well and we made some mistakes, and Finland went more direct and had more of an attacking threat.

'But we got the result. The team showed the right spirit.'

France must qualify for World Cup 2014 to earn bonuses

French chiefs tell players they must qualify for World Cup to earn bonuses

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UPDATED:

19:58 GMT, 7 September 2012

France players have been told they will only be awarded bonuses if they qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The players have also agreed to give up their friendly match bonuses, French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet explained before Les Bleus take on Finland in their Group I World Cup qualifier later on Friday.

'We're almost in a situation where there are no match bonuses anymore,' Le Graet told reporters.

Decision: Noel Le Graet with France manager Didier Deschamps (right)

Decision: Noel Le Graet with France manager Didier Deschamps (right)

If they reach the World Cup finals, French players will share some 2.4 million euros (1.9m) in bonuses.

The France players will still get 15,000 (12,000) euros per game in image rights, a 50 per cent increase from last season.

After the Euro 2012 finals, France players, who were knocked out by eventual winners Spain in the quarter-finals, were entitled to a 100,000 (80,000) euro bonus each but the FFF froze the payments following the team's off-pitch drama.

Danger: French players know their bonuses are at risk

Danger: French players know their bonuses are at risk

They had forfeited their bonuses after being eliminated in the first round of the 2010 World Cup following Nicolas Anelka's exclusion from the squad after he had insulted then coach Raymond Domenech.

France have been drawn with World and European champions Spain, Finland, Belarus and Georgia in their World Cup qualifying group.