Stade Rennes v Sochaux: Preview
Rennes have suspended and fined defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik following a training ground confrontation with supporters.
Les Rouges et Noirs host their final home game of the season against Sochaux on Saturday on the back of a stunning 2-1 victory over Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain.
But despite that unexpected success last time out, relations between players and some sections of the fanbase remain strained following a 2-0 defeat to Guingamp in the Coupe de France final.
Kana-Biyik took offence to his treatment at the hands of a group who had turned up at the Rennes training complex and became embroiled in a heated exchange that ended with the intervention of security staff.
A disciplinary meeting was held on Friday by club president Frederic de Saint-Sernin and coach Philippe Montanier, who have suspended the 24-year-old indefinitely and imposed a financial penalty.
A short club statement read: ``After convening with Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, the President and the coach of Stade Rennais FC took the decision to suspend the player until further notice.
``In addition, under the rules of procedure governing the life of the professional squad, a financial sanction was taken against him.''
Sochaux head into the match third bottom but in superb form as they look to complete an unlikely escape from relegation.
They are unbeaten in six matches and a 2-0 success over Nice last time out made it three wins from their last four.
Midfielder Nathan Sinkala is convinced that run can continue and see Sochaux to safety.
``The coach (Herve Renard) gives us a lot of confidence and he knows we can do it,'' said Sinkala.
``I'm looking forward to helping save Sochaux and to remain in Ligue 1 with them. There's pressure as we're still in 18th position.''
``We have a mission and we believe in a good end. It will be a great moment to keep this team.''