"He cannot decide by himself whether he will play for France or not," said Michel Platini [ The president of European soccer's governing body added: "Franck cannot decide himself whether he plays for France. If Didier Deschamps picks him, he must come. That's the FIFA rule. If he doesn't come, he will be suspended for three Bayern Munich games."
Platini himself is a former France captain having led them to the 1984 European Championship title, while Ribery, having scored 16 goals for France in 81 caps since his debut in 2006, was Europe's Player of the Year in 2013.
Last time the head coach of France faced a similiar situation was in 2005 when Raymong Domeneche force midfielder Claude Makelele to play for France but the latter's club coach, Jose Mourinho of Chelsea accused Domenech of treating the player "like a slave".