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Monaco to begin Ligue 1 return with 2-point deduction

Jun 27, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has spent plenty of money this summer looking to boost his newly-promoted French side to an immediate title contender.

Unfortunately, the club has a bit of a hurdle to overcome as the new season kicks off.

The French governing body the LFP has handed down a 3-point deduction to AS Monaco for poor fan behavior in a match last season against Le Mans, with one point suspended.

The LFP release said the deduction is for the “use of pyrotechnics, invasion of the pitch at the end of the match, and brutality towards the referee by a spectator who invaded the pitch.”

The punishment also requires Monaco to hold one match next season behind closed doors with no fans allowed in.

The suspended point means the club will start with a 2-point deduction and if the club has a repeat offense, the third point will be deducted in addition to any additional punishment.

  1. mianfr - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    The only league officials who even remotely begin to approach those of soccer leagues around the world in stupidity are the ones for the NCAA.

    The NCAA loves to create its own alternate version of the past, while, especially Italian and French, soccer leagues like to create their own alternate version of the future.

  2. dally83 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    More petty bureaucracy and meddling from the LFP. This is hardly going to help get an exciting season going! Do these guys have any interest in creating a vibrant league on par with the best in Europe? It certainly doesn’t look as though they do!

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