Ribery and Evra expect whistles on Stade de France return

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 08:54 AM IST

Paris: Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra expect to attract boos and whistles on Tuesday when they make their first home appearance for France since being banned for leading a mutiny during last year`s World Cup.

Defender Evra was banned for five games and midfielder Ribery for three after France walked out of a training session in South Africa in protest at rebel Nicolas Anelka being sent home.

The pair made a low-key return for France in Friday`s 2-0 Euro 2012 qualifying win in Luxembourg and are set to feature in Tuesday`s Stade de France friendly with Croatia.

"I think there will be whistles. It`s going to be something a bit particular, with 80,000 spectators, we`ll see what happens," Ribery told reporters.

"You`ve just got to accept it, let it pass and move on."

Evra, the World Cup captain, is not worried about the effect on Laurent Blanc`s in-form team.

"I expect some boos. But the first people who whistle are the first who will ask for my shirt at the end. So I see it as a game," the left back said.

Bureau Report