Mexes accepts lengthy ban
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Philippe Mexes accepts he is satisfied with his six-week suspension.Philippe Mexes accepts he is satisfied with his six-week suspension following his controversial move to Roma from Auxerre last summer.
The France international joined the Italian outfit despite Auxerre's unwillingness to let him leave the club.
Though Mexes signed a contract with Roma, Auxerre called for the footballing authorities to ban the defender for four months.
A ruling has now decided Mexes must serve a six-week suspension, with the centre half glad the saga has reached a conclusion.
"I have been waiting for that verdict for so long," admitted Mexes in L'Equipe.
"The page has finally been turned.
"This sanction exists to prevent other players from doing the same thing.
"But I am satisfied considering what Auxerre had asked for - a four-month ban.
"The most annoying thing is that I was coming back to my best level, being able to show what I can do. The coach [Luigi Delneri] is really disgusted with that."
While Mexes serves his suspension, Fifa will now rule on how much compensation Roma must pay to Auxerre for the highly-rated stopper.
During the negotiations between the clubs last summer, Auxerre were asking é¼10 million for Mexes, while Roma were only willing to shell out é¼4.5 million.
Speculation now claims that Auxerre have upped their demands to é¼18 million but it is Fifa who will have the final say on the matter.