France fumes over World Cup qualifying playoff seeding system

Didier Deschamps' side is almost guaranteed to be unseeded because of fewer ranking points picked up than other playoff teams, and Les Bleus believe that is unfair.
France is set to launch a complaint to FIFA over the World Cup playoff seeding system, as Les Bleus believe the country is at a disadvantage.

Didier Deschamps' men are second in Group I and are almost certain to be forced to qualify through the playoffs, with world and European champion Spain only needing a point to secure the top spot in the group when it plays against Georgia on Tuesday.

With only five teams in France's group instead of six -- which every other qualifying group has -- Les Bleus believe they have had less chance of gaining ranking points with fewer games played; the result of which means they will not be seeded and will face a bigger nation when the draw is made in November.

"We're going to contact FIFA," the French Federation's president Noel Le Graet told the radio station RMC. "There is a little injustice between the group of five and the groups of six. Our rivals from other groups have been able to score more points... That's a fact."

France, which qualified for the 2010 World Cup through the playoffs by beating the Republic of Ireland by virtue of Thierry Henry's controversial non-called handball, faces Finland on Tuesday in its final qualifier.