On Friday in Ligue 2 Auxerre’s Pierre-Yves Polomat and Michael Barreto were both given red cards after they threw punches at each other during an away game to Quevilly Rouen.
While Auxerre no longer play in France’s top league, the club are still famous for producing international players of the calibre of Philippe Mexes, Djibril Cisse, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Olivier Kapo.
However, the champions of Ligue 1 in 1996 are now in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Trailing 3-1 against relegation threatened Quevilly Rouen and with nine minutes remaining in the game, Polomat and Barreto of Auxerre banged heads and began throwing punches at each other.
The pair had to be separated by members of the opposing team before the referee rightly sent them both off!
Auxerre released a statement following the incident, slamming the actions of the guilty duo.
“The club feels horrified and ashamed after the inadmissible behaviour of Pierre-Yves Polomat and Michael Barreto on the pitch at Quevilly-Rouen,” they said.
“The pair – who were sent off by match referee Mehdi Mokhtari – will appear before Auxerre officials this week.
“The two players have made a mockery of the image of an institution that has made education and its youth academy priorities.”
Ouch! You don’t see that everyday.