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France to make FIFA complaint

France are unhappy with the seeding system FIFA intend to implement ahead of next week's World Cup play-off draw.

Eight teams including France will go into the draw, but four of those sides will be seeded and Les Blues are unlikely to be one of them owing to a poor FIFA ranking.

It means they could face a tough two leg tie against Portugal to decide whether they make the World Cup finals in Brazil.

French Federation president Noel Le Graet believes this is unfair because they had one less country to play against during qualification.

We're going to contact (FIFA). There is a little injustice between the group of five and the groups of six.

Our rivals from other groups have been able to score more points ... that's a fact.

– French Federation president Noel Le Graet


France call-up teenager

France head coach Didier Deschamps has handed a late call-up to 18-year-old St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma for the upcoming matches against Australia and Finland.

Zouma had initially been selected for the France Under-21 squad by coach Willy Sagnol but steps up to the seniors "to cover for any eventuality", the French Football Federation announced on its website.

The uncapped youngster made his league debut as a 16-year-old in 2011 and has become a regular presence in his club side.

Remy earns France recall

Loic Remy has been recalled to the France squad following his bright start to the season with Newcastle.

Remy has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League appearances since moving to St James' Park on loan from QPR in the summer.


On this day 2000 - France beat Portugal at Euros

Zinedine Zidane scored the winning golden goal from the penalty spot. Credit: PA
Abel Xavier, who was penalised for handball, wasn't too happy about the defeat. Credit: PA

Benzema and Ribery go on trial

RIbery and Benzema playing for France. Credit: PA

French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema are set to go on trial in Paris accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

Both players have been under investigation for more than two years over allegations of paying Zahia Dehar, who was then 16, for sex in 2008 and 2009.

Under French law, paid sex with an individual under the age of 18 is regarded as sex with a minor.

If found guilty, they could be sentenced to three years in prison and face fines of 45,000 euros (£38,000.)

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