Rennes to take action against M'Vila and Mavinga


RENNES, France (AP) -Rennes is set to take disciplinary action after two of its players were among a group of five from France's under-21 squad who went to a nightclub between two playoff games for the 2013 European Championship.

Yann M'Vila and Chris Mavinga, along with Antoine Griezmann, Mbaye Niang and Wissam Ben Yedder, went out in Paris before the return match against Norway on Tuesday, which France lost 5-3 to end their qualification hopes.

"This can't be tolerated," Rennes' general manager Pierre Dreossi said Thursday. "We mustn't let this go."

He said he will meet with the pair on Friday "to get an honest explanation, because this is a lack of respect for football, for the team and also for Rennes."

Dreossi also said he will contact the French federation about any action to be taken.

The federation later released a statement saying the quintet will be questioned by its disciplinary commission.

"Taking into account the seriousness of the facts and the damage to the image of the FFF and of football, this behavior will be subject to a rigorous exam by the disciplinary commission," it said. "The players involved will be called up as soon as possible and will have to respond to their actions."

M'Vila could face severe sanctions as it is the second time this year he has been called before the commission. M'Vila left the pitch without shaking then France coach Laurent Blanc's hand after being substituted during France's defeat to Spain in the European Championship quarterfinals in June.

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