Didier Drogba has impugned the punishment, which has been handed out to Eric Bailly, the Manchester United defender on loan at Marseille, drawing a comparison to an incident that took place a decade ago and involved Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The 28-year-old player, Bailly, has played 12 games for Marseille in every competition following his season-long transfer. But, the international player from Ivory Cost is now going to miss the next 7 after he had been sent off for a kung-fu kick that left Almike Moussa N’Diaye, the Hyeres player hospitalized after the precautionary checks.
It had been a horror challenge from the center-back from Manchester United. N’Diaye had been treated on the field before making his way to the hospital in an ambulance where he had been attended to and remains with- kidney, liver, and rib injuries- 16 days after the incident happened. Bailly visited him in the hospital and N’Diaye share their exchange later on social media.
Bailly has served three games already of his suspension and Marseille still hasn’t decided if they are going to appeal the entire length. In comparison, a former favorite of United Ibrahimovic had been banned for 2 matches in 2012 after a similar challenge when he was a part of PSG. In the meantime, this month, Wahbi Khazri from Montepellier had also been suspended for 2 matches. It is these two incidents that made Drogba share these views on his social media handle.
Drogba said on this Twitter handle that the action is dangerous but the comparison between bans is surprising. He posted a photo that compared kick of Ibrahimovic to the one that had been made by Bailly, his fellow countryman in the same month. His seven-game ban has been decided after a French Football Federation review.