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Maiga suspended following coach row

Filed: Wednesday, 17th December 2014
By: Staff Writer

Modibo Maiga has been suspended by Metz for walking out on his team ahead of their trip to Marseille earlier this month.

KUMB revealed how Maiga threw a tantrum after being told he was being dropped by coach Albert Cartier for the away trip to Ligue 1 leaders Marseille, which led to him missing the trip.

Metz went on to lose the game 3-1, and although Cartier and the on-loan striker were said to have cleared the air, it has been revealed that Maiga has been hit with a 48-hour suspension.

Happier days: Maiga being unvelied by FC Metz back in August (@GFN_France)

A statement released by Metz said: "Modibo Maiga did not appear at the airport on the day of travel to Marseille. He was punished with a two-day suspension by the club's disciplinary committee.

"In accordance with the provisions of the ban he will therefore be able to return to training on Friday 19 December."

Signed by Sam Allardyce in July 2012 on a four-year contract (with an option for an additional two years), the 5million striker failed to settle in England and made just 19 starts for the Hammers during his stay at the club.

Maiga's tally of just six goals for West Ham consisted of three in the early rounds of the Carling/Capital One Cup and three more in the Premier League - against Southampton (October 2012), Chelsea (December 2012) and against West Brom (December 2013).

However it will be for his winning goal at White Hart Lane in the 2-1 Capital Cup win over Tottenham last season for which he is most fondly remembered by West Ham fans.

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