By Johnny Edward:
Lille Metropole of France coach Herve Renard has faulted the red card handed to his Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama during the Ligue 1 clash against Rennes.
Renard argued that images of the incident showed that it was neither a penalty nor a red card as ruled by the centre referee.
“You watch the images on the penalty and expulsion and it didn’t look like a penalty,” former Cote d’Ivoire coach Renard told L’Equipe. “However, different people will have their own analysis of the situation.
“I am proud of what we produced, proud of what my boys have done since the beginning of the season. We have always had that defensive solidity, but sometimes a very average game offensively.
“Everybody watching the game will have their own analysis. In the game, you can see what we wanted to implement.
“Having seven points after six days, given the opponents we have played, it is encouraging although this is not enough. I don’t want to sound like a fanatic, but I really trust this group, my team. We were not rewarded for our hard work but it will come.”
Enyeama was shown a straight red card on 71 minutes for what the match referee, Stephane Jochem, felt was a clear foul in the area on Ivorian striker, Giovanni Sio, during Friday Ligue 1 encounter which ended 1-1.
He will now miss games against FC Nantes, Stade de Reims and Montpellier Hérault SC.