France Under-18 game ABANDONED after they have FOUR players sent off

France Under-18 game ABANDONED after they have FOUR players sent off – including one for a brutal headbutt following a shocking tackle – all within the space of 20 minutes

  • France were taking on Poland in the Under-18 Lafarge Foot Avenir Tournament
  • The match was poised at 2-2 when Ilyes Housni then Jeanuel Belocian saw red
  • Poland took the lead and France lost all discipline with Malang Gomis dismissed
  • Darnell Bile then clattered an opponent with a tackle before headbutting him
  • That prompted another red card and the referee to abandon the match 

France’s under-18 international against Poland had to be abandoned after the ill-disciplined French side was reduced to just seven men.

The referee took the players off the pitch 13 minutes from time after Darnell Bile, 16, headbutted an opponent after scything him down with a brutal tackle to become the fourth French player to see red.

That sparked a massive bust-up between the two teams and the respective benches as well but was far from the first incident in a tempestuous game at the Limoges Tournament.

France Under-18s saw their match with Poland in Limoges abandoned after they had four players sent off – including one for a headbutt

The headbutt followed a brutal scything tackle by Darnell Bile to take down an opponent

Bile’s France team-mates Ilyes Housni, Jeanuel Belocian and Malang Gomis had also seen red with all four dismissals coming in the space of just 20 mad second-half minutes.

Poland were leading 3-2 at the time of the final red card and they were awarded the win because the rules state a team cannot continue with fewer than eight players.

Bernard Diomede, the former Liverpool winger and 1998 World Cup winner, was unable to calm his players as the sendings off occurred in the 55th, 61st, 72nd and 75th minutes.

Diomede said on France 3 afterwards: ‘For some, there may not be a return to the France team because they have to understand things. I will punish players who have behaved badly.’ 

The final sending off, with Poland leading 3-2, led the referee to lead the sides off the pitch

The stricken Polish player receives treatment after the Under-18 match was called off

France needed a win to claim the Lafarge Foot Avenir Tournament and they had a 2-1 lead at one point before conceding an equaliser on 27 minutes.

After that, they lost all control and were down to nine men when Poland went 3-2 ahead with 20 minutes to play.

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