Monday , February 17 2020

Gelson Martins suspended INDEFINITELY by Ligue 1 after shoving referee in Monaco’s defeat to Nimes

Gelson Martins banned INDEFINITELY by Ligue 1 after shoving referee TWICE following a red card in Monaco’s defeat by Nimes

  • Monaco striker Gelson Martins has been banned from football indefinitely 
  • Martins was enraged after his team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off
  • The forward took frustration out on referee Mikael Lesage during loss to Nimes 
  • A Ligue de Football Professionnel investigation could lead to a six-month ban 

Gelson Martins has been banned from football indefinitely by Ligue 1 after shoving a referee twice during Monaco’s 3-1 defeat by Nimes last week.

The winger was enraged after referee Mikael Lesage sent team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko off for a stamp on Nimes’ Romain Philippoteaux. 

The 24-year-old Martins responded by pushing Lesage, shoving him a second time as he was being shown the red card. 

Monaco forward Gelson Martins (No 11) has been banned indefinitely from football by Ligue 1

Martins pushed Mikael Lesage twice as he was sent off during Monaco's clash with Nimes

Martins pushed Mikael Lesage twice as he was sent off during Monaco’s clash with Nimes

Martins was livid after Lesage had decided to send off his team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko

Martins was livid after Lesage had decided to send off his team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko

The minimum punishment Martins could get is an eight-game ban, but it could be more severe

The LFP disciplinary committee has now launched an investigation into the incident, with the Portuguese man set to await his punishment on the sidelines. 

The minimum Martins is expected to face is an eight-game ban, but he could be ruled out for the rest of the season or up to six months. 

Monaco were reduced to nine men just 31 minutes into the game, and conceded twice afterwards to lose 3-1 to the relegation scrappers.  

Martins' red card left the Ligue 1 side with only nine men on the pitch with an hour to play

Martins’ red card left the Ligue 1 side with only nine men on the pitch with an hour to play 

The winger joined the French side in the summer on a permanent move from Atletico Madrid

 The winger joined the French side in the summer on a permanent move from Atletico Madrid 

Monaco beat Angers in midweek after losing three league games in a row and are currently in 10th place in Ligue 1.

Martins has scored four goals and provided one assist in the league so far this campaign. 

He joined the French side on a permanent move from Atletico Madrid in the summer after spending the second half of last season on loan in Monaco.