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Oct 5, 2012

Yanga-Mbiwa handed five-match ban

Montpellier central defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been banned for five matches after elbowing an opponent.

Montpellier, the Ligue 1 champions, said captain Yanga-Mbiwa had been sanctioned by the French League's disciplinary committee.

He elbowed Romain Hamouma in the 1-1 home draw against St Etienne last Friday, but escaped punishment from the referee.

The fve-match ban means he will miss games against Rennes, Nice, Bordeaux (in the League Cup), Troyes and PSG. His Ligue 1 return will come against Valenciennes in mid-November.

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