Remy: M'Vila is paying a heavy price

The striker has sympathised with his France team-mate over his international ban, and says it is easy to make mistakes as a young player
Olympique de Marseille forward Loic Remy has described Yann M'Vila's 20-month ban as "heavy".

The Stade Rennais midfielder was sentenced to the punishment after he and France Under-21 team-mates Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezmann, Chris Mavinga and M'Baye Niang visited a nightclub in between the Euro 2013 qualifying matches against Norway in October.

"It's heavy," he stated to L'Equipe.

"For players, it must be a difficult situation. They are young, they have made a mistake. We all make mistakes, especially when we are at that age."

M'Vila is now likely to miss out on a place at World Cup 2014 because of the ban, but can still appeal the decision, along with the other four players who were found guilty.

Ben Yedder, Griezmann, Mavinga and Niang have all been suspended from the France squad until December 2013.