Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has been suspended for one European game by UEFA. The suspension is due to repeatedly starting games late, and Blanc received the blame.
A UEFA statement, via Sky Sports, read:
“The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body did not automatically trigger a serious penalty after the first infringement, but instead implemented a staggered approach.
“As this was the third time that the club and coach were responsible for a late kick-off during the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage, the Control and Disciplinary Body enforced the suspended sanction that was imposed on Blanc on 11 December.”
It isn’t a great way to start the round of 16 in the Champions League tournament. Blanc will serve the penalty when his side faces Bayer Leverkusen on February 18th. He is allowed to attend the game though in the stands, he just can’t communicate with his team before or during the game. If he wants he can appeal the ban as well.