Brest’s Pierre Lees-Melou fails in red card appeal

Stade Brestois were left furious with the refereeing decisions during Sunday’s dramatic 4-3 loss against Olympique Lyonnais. The club were most incensed by the decision to send off Pierre Lees-Melou (30), Brest’s stand-out player this season. An appeal was lodged, with the former Norwich City midfielder and his lawyer reportedly travelling to Paris to plead their case to the LFP – Ligue 1’s governing body. This appeal has, however, failed.

Lees-Melou received the red card during an altercation with Lyon’s Nicolas Tagliafico. With both players already on a yellow, Tagliafico dragged Lees-Melou off the ground, instigating a tussle between the two teams.

Lees-Melou to miss Monaco clash

Lees-Melou was largely a passenger in the tussle, but like Tagliafico, who had also received a yellow, the Brest midfielder was sent off. Lyon then went on to win the match thanks to Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ 107th-minute penalty. 

It had been hoped that the red card would be overturned by the disciplinary commission and Lees-Melou travelled to Paris on Wendesday to seek that outcome, but in vain. As a result, he will miss Sunday’s clash against AS Monaco but he will return for Les Ty Zéfs’ next fixture. Tagliafico, meanwhile, has also received a one-game suspension. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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