Monday, October 18, 2021

Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez banned for the season after punching fan in Nice brawl

Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez has been banned for the rest of the 2021/22 season after his part in the chaotic brawl during the match against Nice, with Nice docked one point.

The Ligue 1 clash last month was abandoned after Nice fans stormed onto the pitch and there were violent clashes between supporters, players and coaches.

After a bottle was thrown at Marseille’s Dimitri Payet at the Allianz Riviera, the former West Ham man threw it back into the stands, sparking the melee.

As a result Payet has been handed a suspended one-match ban, with teammate Alvaro Gonzalez given a two match ban.

However, the most sever individual punishment was reserved for Fernandez who was seen punching a fan who ran onto the pitch.

The governing body LFP issued a statement which read: ‘Meeting this Wednesday, the Disciplinary Commission of the LFP ruled on the incidents which punctuated the match of the 3rd day of Ligue 1 Uber Eats between OGC Nice and Olympique de Marseille.

‘After reading the investigation report in the presence of the two clubs, the Commission decided to replay the match on a relocated field. In addition, two penalty points were imposed on OGC Nice, including one suspended point.

The match will now be replayed behind closed doors and at a neutral venue.

Nice have actually been deducted two points but one is suspended.

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