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Nicolas Anelka Paris, France CNN -- Four members of the French national soccer team were punished by a disciplinary commission Tuesday following an inquiry into the team's much-criticized performance and behavior at this year's World Cup.
The French Football Federation's commission announced that striker Nicolas Anelka -- whose expulsion from the tournament in June sparked a revolt by his teammates -- was suspended for 18 international games. Former team captain Patrice Evra was suspended for five games and his deputy Franck Ribery received a three-game ban, while Jeremy Toulalan was ruled out for one match.
The commission said it did not suspend defender Eric Abidal after hearing his explanations for refusing to play in the final group match against South Africa.
Ribery and Anelka, who play in Germany and England for clubs Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively, were not present at the meeting but were represented by lawyers at the session.
Anelka's ban could effectively end the year-old's international career. The players have the right to appeal the commission's decision, the FFF said.
France, which won the World Cup in and lost in the final four years ago, was forced out of this year's tournament early on, during the group stage. The team's troubles began after an argument between Anelka and former head coach Raymond Domenech during the game with Mexico.
After the FFF expelled Anelka from the tournament, other team members huddled in a bus the next day and refused to train for their next match.
New France coach Laurent Blanc dropped the entire man World Cup squad for his first match in charge, a defeat by Norway in a friendly international ahead of next month's opening Euro qualifiers against Belarus and Bosnia-Herzegovina Share this on:.