Côte d’Ivoire legend Didier Drogba has questioned the length of a seven-game ban given to Eric Bailly for a foul that hospitalised Almike Moussa N’Diaye.
Bailly was handed the ban on Thursday after a review by the French Football Federation into the dangerous tackle, in which his leg made contact with the chest of Hyères 83 player N’Diaye during a French Cup tie.
Mauritania international N’Diaye remains in hospital, and has been unable to speak since the foul, but in a written interview with RMC Sport has explained he was suffering from injuries to his liver, kidneys and ribs.
But in a tweet, Drogba – who also played for Marseille – compared Bailly’s punishment to the much shorter two-game bans received by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a high kick while a PSG player in 2012, and also a similar tackle by Tunisian Wahbi Khazri for Montpellier in January.
“The action is dangerous but the difference between the bans is astonishing, isn’t it?”, he wrote.