By Jaime Spencer
Marseille defender Eric Bailly, on loan from Manchester United, has been banned for seven matches following a dangerous tackle in a recent Coupe de France match.
Bailly was shown a red card just 15 minutes into the clash with lower league side Hyeres.
The centre-back was trying to win a bouncing ball but planted his boot firmly into the chest of opposing player Moussa N’Diaye, who required hospital treatment for suspected broken rib and pain in his lungs and liver. Bailly has visited N’Diaye in hospital to apologize for the incident, but that won’t stop the tier four player being out of action potentially for the next few months while he recovers.
A straight red card typically results in an automatic three match suspension. But in more serious cases, like this one, an expanded ban can come at the discretion of the governing body in charge.
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Taking of Marseilles Provence reported that the disciplinary committee of the French Football Federation has increased Bailly’s ban to seven matches.
The 28-year-old has served two of those games already, having missed out on Marseille’s Ligue 1 victories against Troyes and Lorient. But there are still five more to go.
It’s another blow for Bailly as she tries to get her career back on track. He left Manchester United in search of regular playing time after slipping up the pecking order at Old Trafford. Yet other injury woes had already cost him opportunities at Marseille as well.
Bailly returned from a leg problem following the World Cup break but managed just one start short of his red card against Hyeres. Personally, it won’t help that Marseille have won their last six Ligue 1 games, five of which he hasn’t played in as a starter through injury or suspension.
Bailly remains under contract with parent club Manchester United until 2024, although his loan to Marseille includes a buyout obligation if he plays a certain number of games and will also qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Marseille are currently third in Ligue 1, which is equivalent to qualifying for the Champions League. But so far Bailly has made just six league appearances and 12 overall in all competitions.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Eric Bailly hit a long ban in France for wild tackle.