This Saturday, OM will play a decisive match in Rennes for a place in the next Champions League. A shock that Marseille supporters do not understand well since the appointment of the referee, Benoît Bastien, who does not bring back good memories.
For the 37th day of Ligue 1 on Saturday, the match at the top is without context the opposition between Rennes and OM at Roazhon Park. The fifth against the second, six points separating them and a place for the Champions League at stake. If OM have a margin over the Rennais, a misstep would be inappropriate because Monaco are on the lookout and only the second place guarantees participation in this C1. The match promises to be tough for the Marseillais against a solid Rennes team, the second best attack in Ligue 1 with 78 goals scored. But, the most feared man on Saturday on the Canebière will not wear a red and black jersey.
A heavy liability for Benoît Bastien with OM
Indeed, Marseille’s bete noire is rather to be found in the refereeing corps of the match. Benoît Bastien has been appointed referee for this Rennes-Marseille shock. The 39-year-old native of Epinal is not very popular with Marseille fans who were upset at this choice for such an important match. In a podcast for the Marseille Foot Debate, the famous supporter Kévin Guedj was pessimistic for Marseille’s chances on Saturday with Benoît Bastien at the whistle.
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“ There’s OM-Lyon (2015), where the ball went in, he said it didn’t go in, there’s Nice-OM where he didn’t stop the match right away (…) You’re going to see Rennes , they’re going to make 4-5 fouls, he’s not going to whistle them to us, he’s going to whistle them to us, he’s going to put the card, he’s going to put you out, we already know that, you leave at minus 1 “, he said. Enough to put additional pressure on Mr. Bastien whose decisions on Saturday could influence, in one direction or the other, the final classification of Ligue 1 and the race for Europe.