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'I am quite violent' - Auxerre manager Jean-Marc Furlan explains why he showed middle finger to Clermont Foot fans

4:42 PM MYT 10/10/2022
Jean-Marc Furlan Auxerre
Auxerre manager Jean-Marc Furlan has explained why he showed his middle finger to opposing fans during his side's defeat to Clermont Foot.
  • Auxerre manager sent off
  • Flipped off opposition supporters
  • Clermont beat Auxerre 2-1

WHAT HAPPENED? Furlan was sent off for swearing at the home fans in second-half stoppage time. After the game, he offered a bizarre explanation for his actions, revealing his violent nature and claiming that the Clermont supporters insulted him first.

WHAT THEY SAID: The 64-year-old manager stated after the match: "I went to the referee because I didn’t think there were enough fouls for us. When I stood up, the crowd insulted me, so I turned around and flipped them off. As a result, the ref sent me off.

“You don’t know me. Because if you knew me, you would see that I have no brain. I am quite violent in my behaviour when it comes to football. Do I regret this attitude? No not at all. The sanction will probably be very heavy but it doesn’t matter: you do your work during the week, not on the bench. If there are 8,000 people there, you can shout all you want, but nobody hears you.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The French manager is likely face a lengthy suspension as his actions towards the crowd should fall under violent conduct as per Ligue 1 regulations. The result leaves Auxerre down in 16th and only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

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WHAT NEXT FOR AUXERRE? Winless in their last six games, Auxerre next face Nice in Ligue 1 on October 16.