Ligue 1: Lyon advisor Bernard Lacombe banned for opening 12 matches
Bernard Lacombe has been banned from the touchline for Lyon's first 12 matches of next season.
Last Updated: 06/06/14 12:59pm
Lacombe, who acts as an advisor to OL president Jean-Michel Aulas, appeared before the French league's (LFP) disciplinary commission to answer charges relating to "rude, offensive and inappropriate gestures towards the assistant referee" during May 10's game.
Lyon lost the match 1-0, having had Mouhamadou Dabo sent off in the opening quarter-hour. Jordan Ferri followed in the 94th minute after clashing with Lorient's Kevin Monnet-Pacquet, who was also dismissed, while Lyon's Steed Malbranque was substituted at half-time following an early injury.
A statement from the LFP read: "The commission sanctions Mr Bernard Lacombe with a suspension from the touchline bench, from the officials' dressing room and from all official functions for 12 matches."
Lacombe represented Lyon for nine years during a playing career which saw him win 38 caps for France as a striker. He later managed the club from 1996 to 2000.
He is no stranger to controversy, after an appearance on a Radio Monte Carlo phone-in last year during which he told a female caller who criticised France striker Karim Benzema to "get back to cooking" and claimed: "I do not discuss football with women."
The LFP also handed down several sanctions to members of Ligue 2 side Nimes' staff, including assistant coach Michel Benezet, stemming from a bad-tempered 2-1 win over Laval on May 9.
Benezet was banned for one match for repeatedly contesting the match officials' decisions, an offence which also brought two-match bans for sporting director Stephane Duprat and Rene Trebillon, who is listed as being "responsible for the ball boys at Nimes Olympique".