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Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed excluded from Evian-PSG bans

Published on: 03 May 2013
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Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed was not included in the bans handed out by the French football Federation following the brawl at the end of his club Evian's match against league leaders Paris St. Germain last weekend.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and midfielder Marco Verratti have been suspended for two game and veteran midfielder David Beckham for one after all were sent off at Evian last weekend.

Beckham received a straight red for a dangerous raised foot on Youssef Adnane, but likely escaped a longer ban because he did not make contact with the Evian striker.

Verratti picked up two yellow cards and remonstrated angrily with the referee, while Sirigu was red-carded after the final whistle after confronting several players with the Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed watching closely

Evian striker Saber Khlifa also received a two-game ban.

Beckham was given his marching orders in the last minute - six minutes after being introduced as a late substitute in Annecy - for a dangerous lunge on Youssef Adnane, with fellow midfielderMarco Verratti having also been dismissed.

Evian striker Saber Khelifa and PSG goalkeeper Sirigu were then involved in an altercation which saw both also red-carded as skirmishes ensued after the full-time whistle.

The disciplinary commission of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) dished out two-game bans to Sirigu, Verratti, and Khelifa, with the former having risked further punishment for refusing to return to the pitch to be shown the red card by referee Olivier Thual.

The bans mean Sirigu, Verratti and Beckham will all miss this weekend's potential title-decider at the Parc des Princes.

PSG assistant sporting director Olivier Letang was also suspended for a month after it emerged that he prevented Sirigu from returning to the pitch to be shown the red card.

All three PSG players will miss Sunday's home game against Valenciennes, where PSG could clinch the title if Marseille draws or loses on Saturday.