Dimitri Payet (36) should be heard after slapping Yannick Cahuzac, Franck Haise’s assistant, during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique de Marseille and RC Lens last Saturday.
The OM legend is due to appear before the Disciplinary Committee on May 17. The incident captured on video by Amazon Prime Video shows the former West Ham midfielder slapping Cahuzac after an altercation with the Lens bench. Following the incident, the Lensois coach Haise demanded a sanction against Payet from the referee Clément Turpin. “Mr. Tourpin! Mr Payet, it’s a red card! Didn’t you see the slap? complained Haise. A few seconds later, Loïs Openda also brought the incident to the attention of the refereeing corps, exclaiming: “Hey! He slapped him. »
Cahuzac and Gilles Marambaud, the two assistants during the match, will also be heard during the committee meeting. During the match, Cahuzac was sent off during the altercation. Haise then questioned the possibility of a retrospective suspension for Payet, saying he was “not a fan” of handing out a suspension based on media images.
Payet could receive heavy penalties for his actions as the disciplinary committee examines the incident with L’Équipe reporting that the former France international could receive a five-game ban.