By Will Butcher
Philippe Montanier has been given a two-match touchline ban by The Football Assocation – and Nottingham Forest fans took to Twitter to reveal their disapproval at the news.
The former Real Sociedad manager was reprimanded after using abusive language towards a match official against Sheffield Wednesday, and has also been fined £3,000.
The FA revealed their decision on their official website, stating Montanier had used “abusive and insulting words” during their 2-1 loss to Carlos Carvalhal’s side.
Montanier will now be forced to watch Forest’s games against Birmingham and Blackburn from the stands.
Fans have reacted with disgust at The FA’s decision, with many saying that the punishment is harsh on Montanier.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Montanier banned for two of his alleged final 3 games & Fuzzy threatens to walk away if the abuse continues. Just another day at #NFFC
— Growler (@khakipillowslip) October 10, 2016
Find it hard to believe that #nffc coach, suavest man in football, Phillipe Montanier gave a match official abuse.. overreaction?
— Joshua Judson (@JoshuaJudson) October 10, 2016
— Kooch (@Koochy83) October 10, 2016
— (((AJ))) (@Lad87Red) October 10, 2016
Montanier was hugely critical of referee Kevin Friend in the wake of his side's defeat at Hillsborough, sa… And he was right! #NFFC
— Bob Dettman (@Del_Lindo64) October 10, 2016
— Hasaan (@HasaanTheRed) October 10, 2016
— Pete Husky (@PeteHusky) October 10, 2016
Rumours are continuing to circulate over the future of Frenchman Montanier, as Forest sit just four points above the relegation zone with only three Championship wins to their name.
A win against Gary Rowett’s Birmingham on Friday night could see the Championship giants move up to 12th position, before the rest of the Championship sides return to action on Saturday.
In other Nottingham Forest news, former star Stan Collymore has shared his concerns of the direction of Forest on his Twitter account.