Nantes' opening-day win over Bastia overturned
The LFP's Competitions Commission have overturned the result of Nantes' opening day 2-0 victory over Bastia, with the Corsicans now awarded three points for the match after Les Canaris fielded the suspended Abdoulaye Touré.
The Competitions Commission of the LFP - Ligue de Football Professionnel - have overturned the result between FC Nantes and SC Bastia which saw Les Canaris win 2-0 on the opening day of the season, after meeting on Wednesday 12 February. Nantes' record will now show no points and no goals for the game, while Bastia have been rewarded three points and no goals.
The decision follows Bastia's complaint at the end of the match, during which Nantes fielded the already suspended Abdoulaye Touré as a substitute from the 67th minute on. Touré was ineligible for the fixture, having been handed a suspension on 24 June by the Federal Disciplinary Committee after an accumulation of bookings in all competitions last season, including yellow cards picked up at youth and reserve level.
Nantes had challenged the Federal Disciplinary Committee's original decision to suspend Touré, with the LFP's Competitions Commission postponing its decision at a meeting on 11 September 2013.
The High Commission of Appeal of the FFF (French Football Federation) subsequently confirmed Touré's suspension on 31 October, with the CNOSF (Comité national olympique et sportif français) following suit last Wednesday, 5 February.
Accordingly, Nantes were not eligible to field Abdoulaye Touré against Bastia.
Pursuant to LFP Article 510, the penalty involves the removal of the three points Nantes gained, and cancellation of their two goals in the match in question. Bastia have been declared the winner of the match without any goals scored. Article 510 provides that the winning team keeps the number of goals scored in the game (in this case zero, since the match ended 2-0 to Nantes).