Ivorian defender Eric Bailey suspended for seven matches
Friday – Ivory Coast international, also Marseille centre-back Eric Bailly has been suspended for three games for a high challenge that hospitalised an opponent.
Bailley, who is on loan from Manchester United was sent off after 15 minutes in the Ligue 1 side’s Coupe de France tie against Hyeres earlier this month after he planted his studs into Moussa N’Diaye’s ribs.
N’Diaye was immediately rushed to the hospital, where Bailly later visited him.
According to reports from France, the Disciplinary Committee of the French Football Federation has decided to impose a seven-game suspension on the 28-year-old defender.
Bailley has already served a two-game suspension in Ligue 1 following the incident.
Marseille president Pablo Longoria denied being informed of the reported ban – he was furious that his club had not been informed. Pablo believed that Bailley would be sanctioned but did not think that it would be seven games because Bailley did not intend to injure N’Diaye.
“If our player is truly suspended for 7 games, it would above all be very serious if some people leaked this decision to the press without even bothering to having notified the sanction and warned the club concerned. It is a lack of respect.” he said.
Since his move to the Ligue 1, Bailley has made 12 appearances for Marseille.