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Football | France

Jeunechamp to appeal one-year ban



Montpellier defender Cyril Jeunechamp is to appeal his one year ban for striking a journalist at the end of a league match last month, his club announced on Monday.

The 37-year-old received his suspension last Thursday for the incident on November 17.

Jeunechamp accosted the journalist in the corridors of Valenciennes' Stade Hainaut and struck him on the face in protest against an article written about him.

In a statement Montpellier condemned "the gesture which wasn't acceptable irrespective of the context" but noted that Jeunechamp's on-pitch behaviour in the club's colours had always been "exemplary".

The French Professional Footballers Union described the punishment as "disproportionate".

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