Stephen Dunmoye

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly who was loaned to Marseille has been issued a seven match ban for ‘kung-fu kicking’ N’Diaye in the chest during a French Cup match.

The incident occured in the 15th minute of Marseille’s 2-0 victory over fourth division side Hyeres, as Bailly and Almike Moussa N’Diaye both went for a bouncing ball.

The Côte d’Ivoire international was just beaten to the ball and he could not halt his momentum as he went crashing into N’Diaye, kicking him in the right-hand side of his chest.
With the opponent flattened, the referee had no option but to show Bailly a straight red card.

According to French Publication La Provence, the 28-year-old has been issued a seven match ban.

Bailly is already two games into the ban, after he was forced to sit out their Ligue 1 victories over Troyes and Lorient.

It means he will miss their French Cup match with Rennes as well as their Ligue 1 clashes with Monaco, Nantes, Nice and Clermont Foot.

N’Diaye was taken off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to hospital after the horrible collision, with Le Parisien reporting that he had suffered broken ribs and also had lung and liver pain.

Bailly visited N’Diaye in hospital to check up on him and apologise for the tackle.

N’Diaye has now left hospital but is expected to be out for several months.