When Wahbi Khazri left Sunderland on loan to join Ligue 1 Stade Rennais on deadline day, he did say he was heading back to France to “have some fun” such had been the miserable end to his spell on Wearside.
Well, “fun” is probably not quite the word the Tunisian playmaker is using today as he licks his wounds following another embarrassing spectacle.
Khazri was dismissed in the 66th minute yesterday as his new side slumped to a fifth defeat in nine at Guingamp in the Brittany derby.
Astonishingly the 26-year-old received his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards in the space of ten seconds.
The eventual victors were already one-up when Khazri was sent off before running out eventual 2-0 winners. Ironically the Sunderland man had almost put his side level, thumping the crossbar some nine minutes before his dismissal.
Khazri was first booked for disputing a refereeing decision before being sent from the pitch for gesturing towards the official. His sarcastic applauding of the ref will likely not aid his case either.
After the match Rennais president René Ruello labelled the referee as a “pretentious stubborn idiot” before claiming his side had fallen victim to a cruel plot:
We are once again victims of a refeering scam. The referee succeeded in the impossible exploit to kill the match in favour of Guingamp who should have done but did not.
Rennes are in trouble in Ligue 1 and falling ever closer to the relegation places. With just one win since the French season began, tempers spilled over in the dying minutes with away fans entering the field of play to display their dissatisfaction.
Elsewhere in France, Khazri’s ex-Sunderland teammate Papy Djilobodji put in a decent display against league leaders Paris St Germain. The central defender’s resolve was not enough though to stop Mbappé, Cavani, Neymar et al running out narrow 2-1 victors with an injury time winner.
Djilobodji’s Dijon remain in the relegation places and face Khazri’s Rennes in the Coupe de la Ligue a week on Saturday.