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The left-back had made been vocal in his criticism of the ex-Bayern Munich man but will not be excluded from the national team for his remarks

France defender Patrice Evra has dodged further punishment for his insulting comments towards former left-back Bixente Lizarazu.

The Manchester United star launched into a tirade about the ex-Bayern Munich full-back on French television recently and was promptly called before the French Football Federation to explain his remarks.

And the governing body has decided that Evra will not be sanctioned after hearing his reasoning.

A statement on the FFF website read: "After hearing his explanations, and seeing the remorse shown by the player, and ahead of two decisive matches for the future of French football, president Noel Le Graet has decided that Patrice Evra remains available for selection for the national team."

Evra is a key figure in the France team, and is just one cap shy of 50 for his country.

Didier Deschamps' France travel to Ukraine for the first leg of their World Cup play-off on November 15, before playing host to Mikhail Fomenko's men four days later.

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