Lille Coach Girard Banned for Four Matches

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The French football league has suspended Lille head coach Rene Girard for four matches following his second sending off this season.

The 60-year-old was sent to the stands during the 3-0 loss at home to Lyon on October 5. He protested vigorously to referee Clement Turpin against the first goal of Alexandre Lacazette’s hat-trick, claiming it was an offside.

The LFP said in a statement: “Having read the letter of explanation from Mr Rene Girard, the (disciplinary) commission imposes on him a suspension of four matches.”

It stressed that suspension means Girard is banned “from the touchline and the referees’ changing room and all official functions”.

Rene Girard Handed a Four-Game Ban By the LFP. Image: AFP.
Rene Girard Handed a Four-Game Ban By the LFP. Image: AFP.

Girard had a one-game suspended ban hanging over him following his dismissal from the dugout at Monaco in August and has been enforced along with a further three-game punishment.

Girard will, however, be able to fulfill his touchline duties for Saturday’s match against St Etienne, with his ban set to take effect from November 4, according to the Ligue 1. He will sit out matches against Reims, Bordeaux, Paris St Germain and Lens.

Lille are aiming to end a run of three league matches without a win.

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