Didier Deschamps has ordered France’s players to behave themselves after recent controversies resulted in international suspensions for both Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez.
The France Football Federation imposed the punishments after holding an inquiry into the players’ conduct during Euro 2012.
Nasri was banned for three games after his foul-mouthed tirade at reporters following the tame quarter-final defeat to Spain, while Menez was banned for one after confrontations with team-mate Hugo Lloris and referee Nicola Rizzoli in the same game.
The incidents were an unwelcome reminder of the 2010 World Cup campaign, in which a France squad blighted by infighting and rows went out of the tournament at the group stage.
Deschamps, who took over as the national coach following Laurent Blanc’s departure, toldLe Progres: “I sincerely hope that everyone has a great attitude. I want players to show ideal behaviour. If there are some who do not, it’s not me who will punish them - they will condemn themselves.
“We must be very careful. I have told the players about the rules of life, and among the squad, which must be respected. Being a France international must be above everything, even for players who play for big clubs and big games.”
The coach, who captained Les Bleus to triumph in both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, is preparing for his first match in charge of the side: a friendly against Uruguay in Le Havre later this month.
Paris: Didier Deschamps, who was officially unveiled as France coach on Monday, said he will not tolerate the bad behaviour which marred the national team’s last two major tournaments.
The 1998 World Cup-winning captain has taken over from Laurent Blanc after Les Bleus, who mutinied at the 2010 World Cup, went out with a whimper to eventual champions Spain in the Euro 2012 quarter final.
Four players, including midfielder Samir Nasri who launched a foul-mouthed rant against a reporter, are due to face a disciplinary hearing on July 27 over their misbehaviour at the tournament in Ukraine and Poland.
“I’m something of a perfectionist. I’m not here to threaten people or what have you, I’m trusting, but today the situation in French football is such that the players can no longer make mistakes,” he told a news conference a day after being named coach.
Deschamps believes the national side are still recovering from the amazing scenes in South Africa two years ago when players refused to train in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who had been sent home for verbally abusing then coach Raymond Domenech. “Given the history that dates back to 2010, professional players who wear the team jersey of France have very important duties,” the former coach of Olympique Marseille, Juventus and Monaco said.
“Today, players cannot afford the slightest deviation. I will not analyse what happened in Ukraine. I will take time to reflect, to have a deep think as I always do, while awaiting the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.”