Frédéric Antonetti suspended for seven games after his altercation with Sylvain Armand

The Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League (LFP) delivered its verdict on Wednesday February 23, and it is heavy. After physically attacking Sylvain Armand, Losc’s sports coordinator, during the meeting between the Lille club and FC Metz last Friday, Frédéric Antonetti was suspended for ten games, three of which were suspended.

After his bloodshed, Antonetti complained at a press conference in front of journalists, of the presence of Sylvain Armand but also of Olivier Létang, the president of Lille, close to his technical area. “Do you believe that the president of Lille and his sports coordinator should be two meters away from me in the box to put pressure on the fourth referee?explained the Metz coach.

Excluded by the referee from the meeting for his behavior, Antonetti had therefore defended himself after the match, arguing that the Lille leaders were frustrated because of the result (0-0). “I don’t respect people who don’t respect me. Sylvain Armand, I pushed him away. There are no regrets to be had when you are attackedhe explained at the microphone of Prime Video.

The LFP disciplinary committee, which met on Wednesday, therefore decided to take action following Antonetti’s third exclusion this season, after those against Reims in August and Paris Saint-Germain in September. She also decided to sanction Létang and Armand, also involved in the altercation, with two and four game suspensions.

FC Metz, 19th in the standings 13 days from the end of the championship, will therefore have to do without their coach during meetings in the coming weeks. Antonetti will return on Matchday 33 in April against Lorient. In the meantime, he will give his instructions to his assistants from the stands.

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