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Marseille star Dimitri Payet banned for four games for insulting referee

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The French midfielder is set to miss four league games.

Marseille will be without Dimitri Payet for four Ligue 1 games, the French League  confirmed.

Dimitri Payet has been handed a four-match suspension after he insulted a referee during the Ligue 1 game between Marseille and Montpellier. The France international has already served a one-game ban but will be unavailable for matches against Rennes, Amiens and Strasbourg, the Ligue de Football Professionnel confirmed.

Payet had been booked for a foul on Montpellier’s Hilton and he responded angrily towards referee Amaury Delerue, who produced a second yellow card. Referee Amaury Delerue noted in his match report that he received three insults from the player after he was booked.

The 32-year-old, who has scored two Ligue 1 goals this season, will be back to face Paris Saint-Germainin Le Classique at the Parc des Princes on October 27. There were three red cards in the game and Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara has been banned for two matches for his sending-off against Montpellier.

Jordan Ferri was also sent off after a scuffle with Kamara in the closing stages and the Montpellier midfielder will serve a three-match suspension.

The French side will also be without Kevin Strootman for its Ligue 1 match against Amiens due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

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