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Nicolas Anelka has been suspended for 18 games by the French Football Federation following his row with Raymond Domenech at the World Cup finals.

Captain Patrice Evra has also been banned for five games for his role in the strike that led to the players refusing to train prior to France’s final World Cup group game against South Africa.

The FFF also announced that Franck Ribery has been banned for three games and midfielder Jeremy Toulalan for one.

Anelka retired from international football after he was sent home from the World Cup in disgrace having criticised Domenech at half-time of the country’s 2-0 defeat to Mexico.

Former France team director Jean-Louis Valentin, who resigned following the events in South Africa, earlier said the rebels deserved a second chance.

After giving evidence at the hearing, Valentin said: “As a lover and supporter of the France team, I think everyone deserves a second chance.”

Valentin indicated the players had expressed remorse for their actions.

“I felt the players apologise, marked and scarred by what had happened,” he said. “I think now they must know how to turn the page and move on. There was a very good dialogue that lasted long enough.”

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