Nyon – A fact players can not just decide to retire. It should be based coaches approval. This is expressed by the president of UEFA, Michel Platini.
Platini, a former French national team player, Franck Ribery furious with the decision of retiring from the French national team in productive middle age, namely 31 years. Bayern Munich midfielder decided to retire after missing the 2014 World Cup due to injury.
Platini confirmed that the decision to retire Ribery of the French national team must be approved by the current French coach Didier Descahmps.
“It’s not the players who decide, whether they will strengthen the squad or not. It was a coach’s decision, “Platini said as quoted by Bild.
59-year-old man then took the example of the retirement of the German national team captain, Philip Lahm.
“If there is a difference of opinion between the Lahm (Germany coach Joachim) Low, then the coach does not call, it’s different. But basically it’s not a decision Lahm, but Low‘s decision, “said the former Juventus player.
“(Problem Ribery) the situation is very different. Franck Ribery could not decide whether he plays for France or not. If coach Didier Deschamps called him, he had to come, “he added.
Platini insists that it is set in the FIFA Statutes. The player can be punished if the coach continues to refuse the call.
“If he does not come, he was banned for three matches with Bayern Munich. After all, I do not understand. He was French, EURO 2016 will be held in France! “Platini insists.
Previously, Ribery insists that he retired so young French talent can get a chance to defend Les Bleus.