VIDEO: Bastia’s Saint-Ruf sees after knocking out opponent

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Vincent Pajot was at the receiving end of a firm kick to the head, which knocked him clean out onto the turf at Stade Armand Cesari

Bastia have a bit of a reputation. With 12 red cards in 28 Ligue 1 matches this season, they unsurprisingly prop up the fair play table of France’s top flight, and Nicolas Saint-Ruf did little to help their cause on Saturday.

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Shortly before the interval in their scoreless draw against Saint-Etienne, the former Montpellier centre-back challenged for a loose bouncing ball with Vincent Pajot but succeeded only in catching the midfielder with a roundhouse kick about the head.

Pajot was knocked out by the blow and collapsed to the ground with a sickening thud. After receiving lengthy treatment on the field, he was replaced at the break by Fabien Lemoine – who was also to be sent off in the second half.

Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier has confirmed that Pajot will be fine, however.

“It was a great scare,” he admitted. “He regained consciousness in the tunnel. I hope he can re-join the team as soon as possible.”

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