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The big-spending French giant will return to Ligue 1 with a handicap following the LFP's decision to punish it for its fans' behavior last season.

Monaco has been issued a three-point deduction (one suspended) and ordered to play one match behind closed doors following crowd trouble, the Professional Football League (LFP) confirmed.

The Principality-based outfit was punished for supporters' actions during the aftermath of the 2-1 victory over Le Mans in May.

The incident occurred after Claudio Ranieri's men were officially crowned Ligue 2 champions, when the home supporters invaded the pitch which resulted in the referee being hit by a fan.

The LFP released a statement illustrating why the punishment has been carried out, which read: "Behavior of Monaco fans: the use of pyrotechnics, the pitch-invasion at the end of the match and the brutality towards the referee by one supporter."

Monaco is widely expected to launch a title charge this season having spent big to bring in the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho to Stade Louis II during the summer.


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