Lacombe defends Frau
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSG coach Guy Lacombe has defended under-fire striker Pierre-Alain Frau.
Paris Saint Germain coach Guy Lacombe has defended under-fire striker Pierre-Alain Frau.
Frau was sent-off after a rash challenge on Sedan's Stephane Noro during the 4-2 win at the weekend.
Noro looks set to miss the remainder of the campaign with knee ligament damage as a result of the challenge.
Lacombe is adamant Frau's challenge was not intentional and insists the 26-year-old is not a dirty player.
"The action is regrettable," Lacombe told AFP.
"He did a bad challenge because he mis-controlled and wanted to cancel his technical error, that is why he did it.
"As a striker, he has had similar treatment before, he knows he made a huge error.
"He has received a red card, he is not used to being sent off, it is his first red card."
Meanwhile, Noro has excused Frau for the challenge that leaves him with six months of rehabilitation ahead.
"I am sad and disappointed, but it is like that," Noro added.
"I have to deal with it, and the most important thing is to come back stronger.
"I was feeling good, I had scored three goals, but that is life.
"Frau controlled the ball, but it was too long, I arrived and intercepted the ball.
"He left his foot in the air and hit my knee. The hit was very violent and I felt it. I tried to get up, but I couldn't.
"I am not specially mad at Frau, he has called me to ask me for news.
"He is not famous for being dirty, everybody knows it. He is very sad for me."
However, Sedan chairman Pascal Urano has issued a stinging attack towards PSG and Frau.
"Frau's actions are incredibly dangerous and has colossal consequences," Urano told RTL.
"If Pauleta had been injured in the same way, I doubt people would have reacted equally."