Disciplinary committee: Johan Gastien (Clermont) benefits from the doubt

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Disciplinary committee: Johan Gastien (Clermont) benefits from the doubt

After a long investigation and a hearing, Wednesday evening, of the two protagonists by the Disciplinary Committee of the League, Johan Gastien, accused by Islam Slimani of having insulted him by evoking his origins, escaped any sanction for lack of evidence. We remember it, on October 23, on the occasion of the match Clermont-Brest (1-3)the Breton club striker complained to the fourth referee of having been the target of racist remarks.

The Algerian had pointed the finger at Johan Gastien, who would have called him a “dirty Arab”before talking about “dirty bastard” after the meeting. Targeted, the Clermontois then defended himself vigorously. “Never in my life would I say thathe assured. The problem is that in this story it’s me who passes for an idiot. I know what I said, the colleagues in the field also heard what happened. »

Seized of the file, the Disciplinary Committee of the League requested an instruction to clear the ground. But despite the various hearings, the report submitted at the end of this investigation did not allow much progress to be made. No more than the Wednesday evening session, as explained by Sébastien Deneux, the president of the disciplinary body: “Despite the investigation that was carried out, we did not have enough elements to establish the materiality of the facts and therefore of the comments attributed to Johan Gastien. The issue of racism is too important a subject to sanction someone who we are not absolutely certain said what he is accused of. There are no direct witnesses, nor images, nor sounds which establish with certainty that Gastien made these remarks. Unless one word is prejudged by another, one cannot seriously enter into the process of sanction. »

In fact, before the commission, Gastien admitted to having insulted Slimani, but without any racist connotation. According to him, the Brestois would have heard badly and would have imagined that it was xenophobic remarks. For his part, Slimani maintained his version.

Ten suspension matches if the facts are proven

In this type of file, it is often “word against word”, making any arbitration difficult. On September 30, 2020, the commission released the Marseillais Alvaro Gonzalez, accused by Neymar of having called him a ” monkey “ (mono in Spanish) during the Classic because she did not have “no objective element to enter into a disciplinary sanction”. But if she has proof, she can hit hard. Article 9 of the FFF disciplinary regulations, applicable in L1 and L2, provides for “racist/discriminatory behavior (words, gestures and/or attitudes targeting a person on the grounds of their ideology, race, ethnicity, faith, nationality, appearance, sexual orientation, gender or disability, among other reasons)” ten-match suspension.

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