Frau hit with lengthy ban
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pierre-Alain Frau has been handed a two month ban for his challenge on Stephane Noro.
Paris Saint Germain striker Pierre-Alain Frau has been handed a two-month ban for his challenge on Sedan's Stephane Noro.
The 26-year-old was sent off during the 4-2 win earlier in the month for the tackle which will keep Noro sidelined for the entire season.
The Sedan midfielder underwent surgery on damaged knee ligaments last week and will need at least six months to recover.
The French Disciplinary Committee have decided to hit Frau with a lengthy ban after coming to the conclusion that the challenge was over the top.
"Pierre-Alain Frau made a violent and uncontrolled challenge," chairman Jacques Riolacci said.
"Of course he didn't want to hurt him, but the Sedan player is out for six months after that challenge, which deserves a sanction.
"If we felt it was an intentional gesture, the sanction would have been much worse as previously when we gave a six-month ban to a player."
Despite Riolacci's comments, PSG have hit out at the suspension and may appeal against the decision.
"PSG are very shocked by the extreme harshness of that unfair decision," a statement on the club's official website read.
"The club regrets the committee didn't consider the unintentional aspect of the challenge and the exemplary behaviour of the player throughout his career, as it was his first ever red card.
"PSG believe the decision is completely out of proportion."
If the ban is upheld, Frau will not be able to return to action until December 19.
Meanwhile, PSG could launch a bid to sign Monaco's Camel Meriem in the New Year.
Meriem has failed to make an impression with the Principality since joining from Bordeaux and Guy Lacombe is a known admirer.
Lacombe worked with the playmaker at Sochaux and could look to bring him in on loan in January with a view to a permanent switch.