Bordeaux duo banned amid brawl claims

Bordeaux have suspended Jerome Prior and Lamine Sane after the pair reportedly came to blows in the dressing room following their Coupe de France exit.

Les Girondins were beaten 4-3 by Nantes in a dramatic last-16 tie at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on Wednesday, having led 3-2 in extra-time only to concede twice in the final five minutes.

According to L'Equipe, goalkeeper Prior and defender Sane were involved in a heated confrontation, which left the latter sporting a bandage on his hand afterwards.

The Ligue 1 club announced on Thursday they had taken action against the two players in the wake of the incident the previous night.

"Following the serious incidents that occurred in the dressing room after the Coupe de France match against FC Nantes, Jerome Prior and Lamine Sane were suspended indefinitely," read a statement from the Aquitaine outfit.

"No other communication will be made on this subject and no one will respond in any interview to this decision."

Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol insisted the episode was not an indication of a strained dressing room and said the squad was focused solely on arresting a three-match losing streak on Saturday when they travel to Guingamp. 

"What has happened doesn't reflect tensions in the dressing room. It's an isolated event, unique since my arrival," Sagnol said in his pre-match press conference.

"This type of thing isn't so rare in a club. The only thing that interests me is to remobilise everyone ahead of the match against Guingamp."