GFC Ajaccio-OM : The consequences of postponement28 feb 2016
The most pressing question, without a doubt, surrounds the date during which the proposed match will take place. Om and GFC have qualified for the quarter-finals in the French Cup, the match will not be able to take place next week. The next week, on the other hand, based on Marseilles being eliminated from the Europe League, Wednesday, March 9th is possible (between OM- Toulouse and Lorient-OM). Tuesday, March 15th (between Lorient-OM and OM Rennes) is also available for the two clubs during the week prior to the international break. The LFP team competitions committee will soon decide upon the date, however they must fix the date, according to the rules prior to the 37thday in order to maintain fairness during the final two days.
The second implication concerns the suspension of Nicolas Nkoulou. Because of the red card received against Saint-Etienne and the decision of the FLP Disciplinary Commission, The Cameroonian defender was suspended for his actions at Ajaccio and Granville. According to the report. the conditional suspension for two matches, has been adjusted. The center-field defender will suffer his suspension against Granville at Caen (quarterfinal of the French Cup) and during the reception of Toulouse (29rd game of L1)
The postponement of the match also causes the Club from Marseilles to lose two places in the rankings. 11th before the 28thday, OM loses two places without even having played. While it's true that it counts for one less match, psychologically to see OM in the 13th place could negatively impact the moral of the troops, just when the match in Ajaccio should have relaunched the rally with the teams competing for third place.
Additional consequence,’OM can probably recuperate Brice Djadjédjé for the match against GFC Ajaccio. Injured in the game against Nice, the right wing should have been unavailable during three weeks. The match cannot be scheduled before Monday, March 7th, the Ivorian should be unavailable. On the side of Accajio, the postponement allows Thierry Laurey to recuperate two suspended players, Sylla and Youga. However, the Gazélec trainer can also count on the return of several injured players who have been absent for the match scheduled for Sunday: Bréchet, Manganne, Martinez and Pujol.