Cisse escapes suspension
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Djibril Cisse will not be suspended for the challenge which ended Mario Yepes' season.
Djibril Cisse will not be suspended for the challenge which ended Paris Saint Germain defender Mario Yepes' season early.
The Marseille striker broke Yepes' ankle in a challenge in last Sunday's game at the Stade Velodrome.
The French League's disciplinary committee met on Thursday to discuss the possibility of suspending the France international.
However, committee chairman Jacques Riolacci confirmed Cisse will not be banned, to the dismay of PSG officials.
Pierre-Alain Frau was suspended for two months for a challenge which injured Sedan's Stephane Noro, and PSG officials were looking for a similar ruling to be handed out to Cisse.
"The referee took the right decision (only a yellow card)," Riolacci said. "It is an unfortunate incident with an accidental conclusion."
Discussing Frau's case, he added: "Frau's was about a non-controlled action.
"Everybody talks to me about Pierre-Alain Frau, but that is nothing common. For Frau, Sedan's chairman wanted an exemplary sanction, a suspension as long as the player was unavailable.
"Mr Cayzac (PSG chairman Alain) talks about a serious case. In both cases the aim was to put pressure on the commission."
Cayzac was left fuming by the decision and is requesting an explanation from the disciplinary committee.
"It is a huge scandal. When I see Frau was suspended for two months for the same kind of challenge, I can't understand." Cayzac said.
"I will wait to get more information about that case, but it would seem to mean the authorities have their eyes on PSG.
"However, I can't believe it and I want explanations."