Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia has been handed a four-match ban by the French Football League.
The 21-year-old has been retrospectively punished for a challenge he made on Bordeaux's Jaroslav Plasil.
Doumbia made the tackle in question in the first minute of a goalless draw on 17th December.
He only saw yellow at the time of the incident, but the authorities have decided that further punishment is required.
Having viewed video footage of the incident, it is felt that the challenge was deserving of a straight red card.
Rennes are not happy with the decision, though, and coach Frederic Antonetti is considering an appeal.
He said: "It is a very harsh decision.
"The tackle was unintentional, you can see that on TV.
"If the match had not been shown on primetime TV, Doumbia would not have received any punishment."
Doumbia has supported the view of his manager, insisting he did not mean to catch Plasil.
He said: "I did not see him coming, and I stuck out a leg.
"Fortunately he got out of the way, otherwise I'd have been sent off. It was more clumsy than malicious."