On Saturday 2 March, AC Ajaccio, the French Ligue I side with which Kenyan forward Dennis Oliech is signed to, took on Bastia in a match which the hosts Bastia eventually won 1-0.
The match, however, ended on a sour note, with five players, three from Ajaccio, getting red-carded.
Ajaccio’s Mathieu Chalme was awarded the first red-card of the day in the 81st minute, coming off a second yellow-card.
Oliech was then handed marching orders in the third minute of time added on, after tackling Keeper Mickaël Landreau as he surged forward for a goal. The decision that did not go down well with his teammates, who lodged a verbal attack on the referee and their opponents.
In the ensuing brawl, three other players, Benjamin André (Ajaccio), Jerome Rothen and Florian Thauvin (both Bastia) were red-carded.
Speaking of the day’s incidents Bastia’s head Coach Frédéric Hantz blamed Oliech for the mess at the end of the match.
important thing was to win andwe did the right thing by taking a lot of risks in
the offensive, Hantz is quoted as saying by Footmercato.
-I regret the incident late in the game with our two expulsions but I will not make any specific comments. I just would like to note that if Oliech had not fouled Landreau, there would have been no such incident.
The loss at Bastia was Ajaccio’s second in a row that follows on an earlier loss to Lille in the past weekend. The team now drops down from 13th to 14th in the 20-team log.