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Ribery in the clear

2014-09-08 13:14
Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben (AFP)

Munich - Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Franck Ribery's decision to retire from international football is within FIFA rules.

Ribery had discussed his plans with France coach Didier Deschamps and "everything is cleared up," Rummenigge was quoted as saying by Germany's Bild newspaper Monday.

UEFA president Michel Platini had said in interviews with two German newspaper that Bayern Munich's Ribery faced a three-match ban for deciding not to play for France any more.

But Rummenigge said everything was in accordance with football world governing body Fifa's regulations. Ribery had spoken to Deschamps and the midfielder "won't be invited (to join the squad) any more."

Platini had said international players cannot just decide not to appear for their national teams.

"Franck Ribery can't simply decide himself whether or not he plays for France," Platini said. "If coach Didier Deschamps invites him he is obliged to go to the national team. That is set down in FIFA's statutes."

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