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Monday, 05 October 2009 19:05

Frustrating times in France for Paulo Duarte

Sochaux 1-0 Le Mans

Portuguese boss Paulo Duarte was furious with referee Antony Gautier after his side’s slump in form continued with defeat to Sochaux on Saturday evening.

With the match poised at 0-0, Gautier harshly sent off Le Mans midfielder Guillame Loriot for handball and awarded Sochaux a penalty twenty-five minutes from time. Although the subsequent spot-kick was missed, Marvin Martin did eventually score the winner to consign the ten men of Le Mans to defeat.

“Today we lost against a team, Sochaux, who played with twelve men: eleven players and the referee," Duarte told reporters after the game. "I am angry because it was not a handball. Even if my goalkeeper stopped the penalty, the game was distorted because it was eleven against ten. Today the referee won the game. Gautier destroyed a whole week of training with one glaring error.”

The defeat was Le Mans’ fourth loss in their last five Ligue 1 matches, and sees them drop down to 19th place. Joao Paulo Andrade has been a recent addition to Duarte’s plans, having recovered from injury to take part in last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Lens, as well as the match with Sochaux.

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