Olympique de Marseille forward Loic Remy has described Yann M'Vila's 20-month ban as "heavy."
The Stade Rennes midfielder was sentenced to the punishment after he and France Under-21 teammates 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," Remy 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 he 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.