Zungu slammed in latest Amiens row

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Bongani Zungu has been slammed by both Amiens' head coach and chairperson after picking up an "abnormal" red card during his side's defeat to Pau on Saturday.

Zungu was shown his marching orders during Amiens' 2-1 defeat to Pau on Saturday after picking up consecutive yellow cards for dissent within a matter of seconds of each other.

At the time of his dismissal, the Ligue 2 side were leading 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Mateo Pavlovic but squandered their advantage after goals from Pau's Farid El Melali and Samuel Essende turned the tie on its head.

Following the match, Zungu's actions, which were described as aggressive towards the match officials, were widely blamed for the club's defeat on the night.

"It's a game we could have won without a hitch, we even had the ball and could have made it 2-0 through Chadrac [Akolo]," coach Philippe Hinschberger said per Le 11 Amienois. "The red card is abnormal and everything is summed up in these two turning points of the match.

"I don't want to attack the referee who was pretty good, the fault is entirely on Zungu. I'm neither in his head nor in his body but he got the card. We shot ourselves in the foot, we can say that we scuttled ourselves."

These sentiments were echoed by club president Bernard Joannin, who public pointed the finger at Zungu after his dismissal.

"There are a lot of regrets after this defeat and disappointment also for Philippe Hinschberger, Francis De Percin and the staff of Amiens SC who prepared this match with the strong desire to win to move up the standings and overtake the evening opponent," Joannin added, as translated.

"But two facts put an end to our very good first half. A head-to-head loss [Akolo's chance] at the hour mark which would have allowed us to lead 2-0 and at the end of the match, what can we say about the unacceptable attitude of Bongani Zungu?

"After verbal exchanges with the referee, he collects a yellow card, then persists in his aggressive attitude. Sanctioned by a red card, he abandoned his teammates to ten for the last twenty-five minutes."