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France coach demands players behave
09:36 AEST Wed Aug 15 2012

New France coach Didier Deschamps expects "exemplary" behaviour from his players ahead of their friendly against Uruguay, which will be his first match in charge.

Deschamps, who took over last month when Laurent Blanc refused the offer of a new two-year contract soon after France's 2-0 loss to eventual winners Spain in the European Championship quarter-finals, has made it clear he will not accept any breaches of discipline.

"What's important for me is to set in stone the framework for everyone and the rules of behaviour," Deschamps said in a pre-match news conference.

"I have insisted on several points concerning the group's behaviour and those seem to me to be very important.

"As soon as you become an athlete at the top level, you have to be exemplary. The image they could portray and what they could say has an influence.

"They have to know what is good, what is allowed, what is not allowed ... that's not always clear for certain people."

Deschamps has made his point by leaving out defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila and winger Hatem Ben Arfa on disciplinary grounds after their behaviour during Euro 2012, when Ben Arfa clashed with Blanc and M'Vila refused to shake the coach's hand after being substituted.

Midfielder Samir Nasri and winger Jeremy Menez won't play against Uruguay. Nasri is serving a three-match suspension for his expletive-laced tirade at a journalist during Euro 2012, while Menez is out for one game for behaving inappropriately toward goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli introduced a code of conduct when he took over after the last World Cup and the new approach paid off as the Azzurri exceeded expectations by finishing runner-up.

Deschamps will be hoping his rule will have a similar effect. He has also introduced higher fines and banned mobile phones.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is out of Wednesday's friendly with a calf injury, leaving Deschamps with just three defenders: the uncapped Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho.

Uruguay will be without Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Liverpool playmaker Luis Suarez, who have only just linked up with their clubs following the Olympics, where the team failed to make it past the group stage.


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