Bastia will hope to end a difficult week on a more positive note when they travel to Reims for tomorrow's Ligue 1 clash at Stade Auguste Delaune.
The Corsican club, who sit 13th ahead of the resumption of the league programme after the winter break, crashed out of the Coupe de France last weekend with a humbling 2-0 loss to city neighbours CA Bastia, who ply their trade in the French third tier.
And today Bastia were hit with yet more bad news when the French league handed down a three-game stadium ban in response to a series of incidents involving their fans during recent matches.
Bastia were also handed a 30,000 euros fine and handed a suspended two-point deduction, and reacted to the ruling with dismay, branding it ``unique in the history of the championship'' and pledging to make a public response to the LFP next week.
Bastia coach Frederic Hantz took the blame for the cup loss to CA Bastia, adding that ``maybe the cruelness of the defeat will serve us in the future''.
The coach at least has the comfort of being able to call on experienced goalkeeper Mickael Landreau to make his debut against Reims after his six-month deal was ratified this week.
Landreau joined as a free agent after leaving Lille, where he won the double in 2010-2011, and will make his 569th top-flight appearance this weekend.
``I'm here to help us progress in the second half of the season but I'd sign for a 4-3 win at Reims,'' said Landreau.
Reims are three points above the relegation zone and, like Bastia, are licking their wounds after a humiliating defeat in the cup, against fourth-tier Plabennec.
Reims are also bottom of the form table over the last 11 games with only five points, and coach Hubert Fournier said: ``Of course there's still disappointment about after our non-performance in the cup.
``Now we're preparing for this very important game against Bastia, who also had problems in the cup and will want to make up for that.
``We need to win seven or eight of our remaining 19 games and that shows us the size of the task that faces us.
``Bastia are direct rivals for us, even if it's not yet a do-or-die match.
``It will be a huge game and I can't wait for it.''