Rennes president Frederic de Saint-Sernin has described Yann M'Vila's two-year ban from the France national team as "excessive, harsh and disproportionate".
The midfielder was hit with the punishment, which runs until the end of June 2014, after he and four team-mates broke a curfew and went to a night club in Paris days before the Under-21 European Championship play-off defeat to Norway.
M'Baye Niang, Antoine Griezmann, Chris Mavinga and Wissam Ben Yedder, the other three players involved in the incident, were suspended until the end of the year.
And Saint-Sernin hit out at the France Football Federation punishments, telling the Europe 1 radio station: "They have deprived him of the next World Cup and, equally, deprived the France team of Yann M'Vila, who I know and who is a big player.
"It is excessive, very harsh and disproportionate."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report