Montpellier president banned for tirade

Montpellier president banned for tirade

Published Dec. 13, 2010 11:18 p.m. ET

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has been given a two-month suspended ban by the French Football Federation following an X-rated outburst.

When Montpellier, which has one of the smallest budgets in the first division, briefly went top of the league last month, Nicollin responded to claims that this was a sign of the league's weakness with a profanity-laced rant.

He was called before the FFF's ethics commission, which announced its decision on Monday.

Nicollin was banned for two months last year after he used a homophobic term to describe Auxerre midfielder Benoit Pedretti. He later apologized to Pedretti, who did not pursue the matter.