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French third-tier coach apologises after alleged threats 'to hurt' reporter

Francois Ciccolini during a Ligue 1 game between Lille and Bastia.
Francois Ciccolini will meet with a reporter to discuss an altercation.

A French third-division coach who threatened to beat up a journalist after being asked a question he disliked has apologised.

France Bleu Mayenne radio journalist Martin Cotta made a complaint to police after Laval coach Francois Ciccolini allegedly threatened him with violence in the wake of a 2-0 defeat at Boulogne on Friday.

"You ask me bad questions. I'm going to hurt you. Perhaps I'm going to hit your head on the ground. Have you ever seen a journalist with a plaster on his head?" Ciccolini...

French third-tier coach allegedly threatened 'to hurt' reporter after defeat

Former Bastia coach Francois Ciccolini during a Ligue 1 game against Rennes.
Laval coach Francois Ciccolini allegedly threatened a journalist for his questions after a defeat.

A police complaint has been made against Laval coach Francois Ciccolini after he allegedly threatened to beat up a journalist.

Martin Cotta, a reporter for France Bleu Mayenne radio, made the complaint on Monday following an angry response from Ciccolini in the wake of Laval's 2-0 defeat against Boulogne in the third-division game three days earlier.

"You ask me bad questions. I'm going to hurt you. Perhaps I'm going to hit your head on the ground. Have you ever seen a journalist with a plaster...

Radamel Falcao's goal helps Monaco advance in Coupe de France

A goal from Radamel Falcao, centre, helped Monaco get past Ajaccio 2-1.

Radamel Falcao scored his seventh goal in the past five games as Monaco beat second-division AC Ajaccio 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the Coupe de France on Friday.

The Colombia striker made a sharp run to the near post to turn in an excellent cross from 18-year-old French winger Kylian Mbappe in the 19th minute.

The 30-year-old Falcao has netted 16 times in all competitions this season, continuing his strong return to form following a career-threatening knee injury.

It was while playing...

 By PA Sport

Nantes see off Angers in all-Ligue 1 clash in Coupe de la Ligue

Nantes are through to the fourth round after defeating Angers.

An all-Ligue 1 clash in the Coupe de la Ligue third round saw Nantes progress after a 2-1 win against Angers at Stade de la Beaujoire on Tuesday.

Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala gave the hosts a half-time lead with a powerful 25-yard strike before Adrien Thomasson scored the pick of the goals with a spectacular volley from 35 yards to double their advantage two minutes after the break.

Pierrick Capelle pulled one back for Angers from the penalty spot but despite some heavy pressure, the visitors...

Reims crash out of Coupe de France with defeat at third-division Chambly

Third-division side Chambly pulled off a shock 4-1 victory to knock Reims out of the Coupe de France with a hat trick from Wilfried Louisy-Daniel.

With Ligue 1 clubs being drawn away from home, Reims, who are 17th in the French top division, came unstuck at the Stade des Marais where Louisy-Daniel struck twice in the opening 10 minutes.

The forward completed his treble just before half-time to leave the visitors stunned.

Algerian Youcef Touati made it 4-0 at the start of the second half, while a...