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FCB decline French FA summons to Ribéry

As FC Bayern Munich has been obliged to learn from the media, the French Football Association (FFF) intends to summon various French international players to a hearing in Paris on Tuesday, 17 August 2010. It is reported that FC Bayern Munich player Franck Ribéry is among this group. The club’s board of directors notes this report with irritation.

This invitation or summons has not been agreed with FC Bayern Munich. According to FIFA statutes, clubs are only required to release their international players for mandatory dates specified on the international football calendar. This is not the case in this instance. For this reason, FC Bayern Munich will not release Franck Ribéry for the reported hearing.

FC Bayern Munich AG chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has today informed French association president Fernand Duchaussoy of this in writing. “It cannot be,” Rummenigge added by way of explanation, “that the French association arbitrarily removes Franck Ribéry from his duties at FC Bayern. The club’s preparations for the new Bundesliga season must take priority over the French association’s analysis of the World Cup.”

FC Bayern Munich and Franck Ribéry contest a DFB Cup first round fixture against Germania Windeck on Monday 16 August 2010. The following day, the senior squad begins preparations for the Bundesliga restart match between FC Bayern and VfL Wolfsburg on Friday 20 August.