Didier Drogba Questions Eric Bailly’s Seven-Game Ban

Didier Drogba Questions Eric Bailly's Seven-Game Ban (News Central TV)

Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast football icon, has questioned the length of Eric Bailly’s seven-game punishment for a foul that hospitalised Almike Moussa N’Diaye.

Bailly received the ban on Thursday following a French Football Federation investigation into the risky tackle in which his leg made contact with the chest of Hyères 83 player N’Diaye during a French Cup match.

Didier Drogba Questions Eric Bailly's Seven-Game Ban (News Central TV)

N’Diaye, a Mauritania international, remains in hospital and has been unable to talk since the foul, but he stated in a written statement with RMC Sport that he was suffering from injuries to his liver, kidneys, and ribs.

However, in a tweet, Didier Drogba, who previously played for Marseille, compared Bailly’s penalty to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s considerably shorter two-game ban for a high kick while a PSG player in 2012, as well as a similar tackle by Tunisian Wahbi Khazri for Montpellier in January.

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“The action is dangerous but the difference between the bans is astonishing, isn’t it?”, Didier Drogba wrote.

Bailly apologised to N’Diaye after the game, and Ndiaye dubbed him a “brother” on social media. Meanwhile, Marseille is yet to decide whether to appeal Bailly’s suspension.

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