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THE French Football League have reversed a decision to dock two points from Monaco after their Chilean defender Pablo Contreras was found to be holding a false Italian passport.

The LNF appeal committee decided Monaco could not be blamed for Contreras (above) being found in possession of forged documents.

Claude Puel's side currently lie in 12th place, if the ban had been upheld they would have slipped two places to 14th.

"Monaco will not be penalised of the two points that the discipline committee had taken away from us," Monaco president Jean-Louis Campora said on leaving the LNF headquarters.

"We're not losing the two points. It's not a victory. Our rights have simply been recognised."

Contreras is one of six players in the French first division to be charged with holding false European Union (EU) passports.

Monaco's le Championnat compatriots St Etienne have had their ban reduced from seven points to six, after their players Maxim Levitsky and Brazilian forward Alex were found in possession of illegal documentation.

Click here to read: Monaco Handed Two-Point Penalty
Click here to read: St Etienne Docked Points