Club forced to suspend training after player’s dad ‘attacks director’

Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais has suspended academy training for three days after a player's dad allegedly attacked Director of the Academy, Denis Arnaud.

French outlet So Foot, via Get French Football News, allege that the attack was orchestrated by a dad of a young B team player on Saturday afternoon. Robert Francoise, the dad of Noah Francoise – who is the 18-year-old captain of the club’s second team, is alleged to have assaulted Arnaud at the club's training ground, less than an hour after Rennes’ reserve team lost to Brest in the French fifth division.

While France Bleu, via Get French Football News, allege Francoise senior has long criticised Stade Rennais for their treatment of his son – Noah has been given a professional contract but, in his eyes, is yet to be treated like a senior pro.

A club statement reads: "In support of Denis Arnaud, Director of the Academy and victim of an attack by a parent of a young footballer on Saturday at the Henri Guerin training centre, Stade Rennais FC have decided to cancel all training sessions at the Red and Black Academy until Thursday. Given the seriousness of the facts, a complaint will be filed.

"In the current atmosphere, where professional and amateur football has become the victim of an intolerable outbreak of violence, Stade Rennais FC would like to remind you that its aim is to train young talents, to support them in personal development and provide pleasure to those who love football.

"Under no circumstances should educators, managers, players, referees and volunteers suffer from the irresponsible behaviour of a minority.

"Football must remain a celebration and a source of togetherness. Such actions are not compatible with the values of sport, they jeopardize the proper functioning of clubs and the progress of young players."

Stade Rennes declined to comment on the incident.

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