ETIENNE FACE APPEAL WAIT
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The appeals committee of the French League, the LNF, decided to postpone their decision until Tuesday after St Etienne's president Alain Bompard and general manager Gerard Soler pleaded their case.
The league came down hard on St Etienne after they came to the conclusion that Le Championnat side had played players who they knowingly had fake passports.
Ukrainian international keeper Maxim Levitsky and Brazilian forward Alex were the guilty players, with Levitsky paying a heavy price and being transferred to Spartak Moscow.
French clubs are only allowed to have three non EU players in their match-day squads, one of the causes of the passport scandal.
St Etienne have appealed against the points reduction and one-year suspension of Soler from the game, but perhaps as a signal to whom they blame, did not appeal the suspensions to the players.
Principality club Monaco, the reigning French champions have had two points taken off, after Chilean international defender Pablo Contreras was also believed to have used fake documents.
Contreras has since been loaned out to Argentinian side Racing whilst fellow French sides Strasbourg and Metz also face disciplinary action.