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Aulas blasts Bisevac dismissal

April 8, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has publicly castigated defender Milan Bisevac after the experienced centre-back's "unforgiveable" attitude proved a major factor in Sunday's damaging defeat at Reims.

Milan Bisevac sent off Lyon
GettyImagesLyon's players react to Milan Bisevac'a dismissal

OL's title challenge was ended and their chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League seriously compromised as they lost 1-0 in the Champagne region.

It was a third successive Ligue 1 reverse in a five-game winless run for the seven-time champions, and meant arch-rivals Saint-Etienne leapfrogged them into the top three.

Aulas quickly accused Serbia international Bisevac, 29, of provoking his team's latest setback as, having conceded the early second-half penalty which the struggling hosts scored to secure a welcome victory, the former Valenciennes and Paris Saint-Germain player reportedly told referee Olivier Thual "I must say you're a bit of a t***" and was promptly dismissed.

"What's unforgivable is to go and compromise the balance of the team and get sent off due to a lack of self-control, because once the penalty's been given, it's been given," Aulas, 64, told L'Equipe.

"For an experienced player, it's a 'sackable offence' which must not be pardoned. Milan must think about the consequences for the squad and the club."