Nigeria’s Taye Taiwo banned for expletive-laced chant

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Match-winner Taiwo celebrates Marseille’s League Cup win

Nigerian Taye Taiwo has been handed a one-match French league ban after chanting an expletive-laced song.

The defender chanted an anti-Paris Saint Germain song with Marseille fans after the club won the French League Cup last month.

Taiwo has also been handed a two-match suspended ban and a 28,000 dollar fine.

He will miss Marseille’s final home game of the season against Valenciennes on 21 May, which could be crucial with the club still in the title chase.

The defending champions are second in the standings, four points adrift of leaders Lille with three matches left.

Taiwo earned his ban shortly after Marseille beat Montpellier 1-0 to retain the League Cup trophy at Stade de France on 23 April.

The left-back grabbed a microphone and joined fans in singing an offensive song about Marseille’s bitter rivals PSG.

The ban takes effect from Monday, meaning the 26-year-old is eligible for Sunday’s trip to Lorient.

Yet he will miss the subsequent home match against Valenciennes, so depriving him of a farewell ovation from Marseille fans.

Taiwo is set to join recently-crowned Italian champions AC Milan on a free transfer in the off-season.

The Super Eagle, a free-kick specialist with a powerful shot, is a fan favourite, having scored 25 goals in 269 games since joining the club seven years ago.

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