Ex-Lyon coach Garde handed touchline ban

Former Lyon coach Remi Garde has been handed a two-match touchline ban for his conduct during an end-of-season Ligue 1 clash with Nice.

Bakary Kone's sixth-minute strike settled Garde's final match in charge, but the coach and his assistant Gerald Baticle were pulled up on their treatment of the referee.

At a disciplinary meeting on Thursday, Garde was served with a two-match ban with one of those suspended, while Baticle, who remains at the club following his former boss's departure, serves a one-game suspension.

Hubert Fournier took over at the Stade de Gerland last month after Garde announced that he would not be renewing his contract in order to take a break from football.

Lyon achieved a fifth-place finish in Ligue 1 last season, securing a UEFA Europa League berth by just a single point.

The season represented the worst finish under Garde during his three years at the helm.


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