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 By Mark Rodden

Valenciennes' David Le Frapper gets two-match ban for sexist ref rant

David Le Frapper
Le Frapper's comments were not well-received by the league's disciplinary committee despite his apology.

Valenciennes manager David Le Frapper must serve a two-game match day ban as a result of his sexist remarks about a female referee.

Le Frapper, 44, was widely condemned earlier this month after hitting out at Stephanie Frappart following her decision not to award his side a penalty during a Ligue 2 match against Laval.

"Apparently there's a penalty but she didn't see it or she was too far away," he said following the game. "She was doing ice-skating before... I don't know."

The Valenciennes...

 By Mark Rodden

Valenciennes manager David Le Frapper sorry after sexist ref rant

David Le Frapper
David Le Frapper only joined the club in February.

Valenciennes manager David Le Frapper has apologised to referee Stephanie Frappart for making sexist remarks about her that have been denounced as from "another time" by the French referees' union.

Le Frapper was unhappy that his side were not awarded a penalty in a 0-0 draw against Laval in a Ligue 2 match on Friday. And, after the game, the 44-year-old had trouble containing his frustration.

"Apparently there's a penalty but she didn't see it or she was too far way... I don't know," he said of...

 By PA Sport

Rodriguez brace inspires Monaco

James Rodriguez celebrates his goal for Monaco against Nantes.
James Rodriguez scored twice for Monaco against Nantes.

Monaco kept alive any slim hopes of claiming a first Ligue 1 title in 14 years with a 3-1 win over Nantes.

Having not tasted victory in their previous two league outings, Claudio Ranieri's team had to win to prevent themselves falling an almost unassailable 13 points behind PSG with just 18 to play for and a brace from Colombian James Rodriguez proved just the tonic.

Bafetimbi Gomis scored his...

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Monaco off to winning start

Emmanuel Riviere threatened to upstage Monaco's expensive summer imports in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Bordeaux - but €60 million man Radamel Falcao had the last word.
Big-money summer signing Radamel Falcao scored on his competitive debut for Monaco.
Lyon cruised to a 4-0 thrashing of Nice.
A bumper crowd at the Stade Chaban Delmas came both to usher in the new Ligue 1 season and to check out the wealth of talent recruited by ambitious Monaco in the few months since their promotion in May.
Falcao was the star attraction while James...

Anthony Le Tallec regrets Reds loans

French striker Anthony Le Tallec admitted he continues to look back on his time at Liverpool with regret after he failed to establish himself in the Anfield first-team.

Anthony Le Tallec celebrates scoring against Marseille
Anthony Le Tallec regrets not fighting for his spot during his time at Liverpool.

Le Tallec, now 28, signed for the Premier League club along with Florent Sinama-Pongolle when he was still a teenager and when compatriot Gérard Houllier was in charge on Merseyside.

It is now a decade...