Frau shocked by ban
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pierre-Alain Frau was shocked following the two-month ban imposed on him.
Pierre-Alain Frau was disappointed with the French Disciplinary Committee's decision to ban him for two months following the challenge which curtailed a player's season through injury.
Sedan's Stephane Noro sustained cruciate ligament damage in an incident involving Frau two weeks ago, but the former Lyon man protested his innocence and claimed there was no malice in his actions.
However, Frau's plea fell on deaf ears with the authorities, who deemed the striker's challenge to have been dangerous, and so saw fit to ban the player from all competitive action for the next two months.
"I am surprised and disappointed by the very harsh sanction," said Frau.
"I feel that the disciplinary committee did not consider my past behaviour.
"I am not used to those kind of gestures and I don't have the reputation of being an aggressive player.
"I am aware that I deserved a punishment, but it is a long time since we have seen one as severe as that.
"I am already very sad to have injured a player. Now having to train for two months without a match, it will be difficult psychologically.
"But I am aware it is much worse for Noro."
Meanwhile, PSG have been linked with an ambitious bid to re-sign Manchester United stopper Gabriel Heinze.
Coach Guy Lacombe has reportedly enquired over the availability of the fit-again Argentine, although the prospect of Sir Alex Ferguson allowing the player to leave Old Trafford appears extremely unlikely.