A moment of madness from Lorient’s Majeed Waris has seen the striker earn a six match ban, after committing an outrageous foul during his side’s 2-2 draw with Guingamp on October 31.
The striker reacted badly to an unpunished challenge from Jimmy Briand, launching a kung fu style kick on the opposing striker. The damage and subsequent punishment could have been a lot more serious had the Frenchman not hurdled the kick.
Shown the red card by referee Nicolas Ranville, Waris did not leave peacefully. He protested with the official and picked a fight with opponent Younousse Sankhare, who was also sent off. His petulant outburst continued on the touchline, taking his anger out on a nearby water bottle.
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Waris was originally banned for two matches, as per the LFP’s automatic suspension policy, but upon review by the disciplinary committee his ban was extended to six.
The 24-year-old did apologise for his actions, insisting that causing harm was never his intention.
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"What happened on Saturday is strange, crazy," he explained to Ouest France, according to the Guardian.
"This is the first time in my life that I have got angry like that, on the pitch or off it. I still wonder how I could respond like that, although there were causes.
"The guy (Briand) fouls me. He was not sanctioned and I have a bad reaction to severe tackles. I should not have done it, but I had no intention of hurting him or to ‘kill’ him. I just wanted to scare him."
Sorry as he may be, the Ghanaian will miss some crucial matches over the next month, including the visit of champions and league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Waris is Lorient’s second-highest goalscorer this season, after Benjamin Moukandjo with three goals. As a new signing for the Ligue 1 club, he is unlikely to have done himself any favours with his antics, especially in his attempts to endear himself to his new manager and fans.
With six games on the side-lines, he could even lose his place to the likes of Moryke Fofana, who has been scoring for the B team and made sporadic first team appearances.
After such a ridiculous outburst, though, his dropping would perhaps be deserved.