President of French Football Association regrets Evra outburst

The former En Avant de Guingamp president will talk to the Manchester United defender following his comments on live TV, although no punishment has been decided yet

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says he regrets Patrice Evra's outburst on French television in which he labelled former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu and other television pundits "tramps."

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Evra accused the French TV analysts of deliberately ruining his career,after they criticised the Manchester United man’s decision to give his international team-mates a team-talk at half time during their 4-2 victory over Belarus in September.

And Le Graet wants to meet up with Evra to discuss his comments but would not be moved when asked about any punishments.

"I regret it [Evra's quotes]. The Federation regret those words that have no meaning," the FFF president told L’Equipe. "Within the group Evra is well respected by his friends, so there is no problem.

"It was not the right time [for Evra to speak out]. So we will invite him to come and see us in the shortest time.

"He has a game on Wednesday in the Champions League, we will let him play this game and we will meet in a short time. We need to talk before making a decision.

"Can he be punished? I have no answer for that yet. But I know him so well and I know he made a mistake. He knows this, too.

"Both parties will have to explain. We'll see how this issue will be decided.”

The fallout comes on the same day France were drawn against Ukraine in the play-offs for next year's World Cup in Brazil.