Football: bosses banned after derby trouble

3rd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 3, 2007 (AFP) - The bosses of French first division rivals Lyon and St. Etienne were on Tuesday banned from all official functions by the French football federation (FFF) for inflammatory comments made before last month's league derby.

PARIS, April 3, 2007 (AFP) - The bosses of French first division rivals Lyon and St. Etienne were on Tuesday banned from all official functions by the French football federation (FFF) for inflammatory comments made before last month's league derby.

St. Etienne president Bernard Caiazzo was banned for three months of which a month has been suspended, and Lyon counterpart Jean-Michel Aulas, for a month of which two weeks were suspended.

The national ethics council of the FFF said the sanctions, taken as a result of statements made during the March 3 tie which Lyon won 3-1, would take effect from April 9.

The local derby at St Etienne's Geoffroy Guichard stadium was held up for 20 minutes after smoke bombs were thrown onto the field of play and police responded by firing tear gas into the crowd.

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Subject: French news

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