Frédéric Antonetti: The LFP has suspended the FC Metz coach for seven firm matches

It will be necessary to wait until April 20, and the trip to Lorient, to see Frédéric Antonetti on the Messin bench. This Wednesday evening, five days after Lille-Metz (0-0) where the Corsican technician had an altercation with the Lille leaders, the LFP disciplinary committee decided to suspend him for ten matches, three of which were suspended. Frédéric Antonetti will therefore miss several crucial meetings for the maintenance.

Frédéric Antonetti was expelled on Friday before the end of the match, after a very heated altercation with the northern sports coordinator Sylvain Armand on the edge of the field, whom he accused of having come near his technical area to complain to the fourth referee . “When someone attacks me, I respond. I do not let myself be done on a ground“, he explained hotly, before recognizing the next day that he had been “a bit too far“.

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This is already the third red card received by the Messin coach this season. He had notably been sanctioned with two suspension matches, one of which was suspended after taking the referee to task during PSG-Metz (2-1) in September. This suspended match had already fallen in January because of his attitude during the Lyon-Metz post-match.

At the beginning of the week, FC Metz, which is fighting to stay in Ligue 1, with a current 19th place and only two points taken in four matches, had come to the aid of its coach, explaining that the latter had replied “lack of respect and attempts to pressure” by Sylvain Armand, “that could have affected the outcome of the match“. Frédéric Antonetti had also received the support of the coaches’ union, Unecatef, in a very offensive press release denouncing “provocateurs come to excite” a “caged lion“and also asking for sanctions against Lille leaders.

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Involved, Olivier Létang and Sylvain Armand were also sanctioned. The first is suspended for two matches”bench, referees’ locker room and all official functions“by revocation of the reprieve. The second is suspended for four matches, including two by revocation of the reprieve. For his part, Marco Verratti will be summoned on March 2 by the disciplinary committee. After Nantes-PSG (3-1) last Saturday, the Italian vehemently attacked the arbitration of Mikaël Lesage.

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According to the FFF’s disciplinary scale, Marco Verratti risks two matches of suspension if his remarks are deemed “excessive” or “inappropriate”, three matches if they are deemed “hurtful” or “likely to offend a person”, and five matches if they are considered “rude” or “offensive”. Other bad news for PSG: the disciplinary committee confirmed on Wednesday that Kylian Mbappé will miss the trip to Nice in Ligue 1 on March 5. The Parisian striker received Saturday in Nantes a third yellow card in ten Championship matches, synonymous with a suspension match.

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