Written By Uche Dozie
Olympique Marseille’s Coach, Igor Tudor has condemned the match ban given to Marseille defender, Eric Baily following his irrational tackle on Mousa N’Diaye during Coupe de France against fourth division side Hyeres. .
The Manchester United loanee was given the matching orders after dangerously stepping on N’diaye, an act which sent the youngester to the hospital.
The Ivorian international was beaten to the ball but the recklessness of his challenge saw him kick N’Diaye on the right-hand side of his chest.
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Baily will now be out of action for seven matches after the French Disciplinary Committee of the French Football Federation announced he has been given a seven-match ban for his action according to La Provence.
The report say the player should have been given between 8 and 9 matches ban, but the committee took into account the good behavior of the Ivorian and his absence of record.
A decision that has not gone down well with former manager who thinks the ban is excessive.
“I believe the punishment is excessive, but the decision has been made and there’s nothing we can do about it. We have the resources to play differently, we’ve already played two matches without him, tomorrow we’ll play another, and then there will only be four matches left.”
Bailly’s absence means he will miss the next round of the cup against Rennes. It also rules him out of their upcoming league games with Marseille aiming to chase down leaders PSG.
Marseille have released a statement stating they reserve right to appeal the suspension handed to the Ivorian defender.
In addition to the possibility of appealing, OM mentioned in a press release published Thursday evening “the difference in the application of the reference penalty scale by the disciplinary committees of the FFF and the LFP, while these two bodies have a impact on the same competition, in this case Ligue 1” .
“Olympique de Marseille is firmly convinced that standardization of the sanction criteria impacting the same competition is necessary to guarantee sporting fairness” , added the club, which “regrets that the confidentiality of this disciplinary decision has not not been complied with before it was notified to him” .
“I know how Eric is and he never intended to hurt. The most important thing is that our colleague from Hyères is fine and has been released from the hospital ,” said Marseille defender Leonardo Balerdi.
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