Gonalons slams misbehaving quintet
By Football News
Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons has criticised the France under-21 players who went out to a nightclub on the eve of an important game.
The 23-year-old said the five players had done nothing to improve the battered reputation of French football after socialising ahead of their second-leg playoff against Norway, which France lost 5-3 and were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate.
The five-man group included Yann M'Vila, Chris Mavinga (both Rennes), M'Baye Niang (AC Milan), Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse) and Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad).
Gonalons, a former U21 player, was part of the senior squad who managed a 1-1 draw against world and European champions Spain in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
He said the actions of the quintet had further damaged the profile of the game in France.
"This is not good, they are not things to do," Gonalons told RMC Sport.
"We must be professional. We know that French football is widely criticised, and now we must learn to (restore the image). Some (of these players) have not been able to do this."
Rennes have since suspended both M'Vila and Mavinga, with the duo featuring in a reserve game on Saturday, with Ben Yedder benched in Toulouse's win over Evian TG in Ligue 1.