Algerian international Hicham Boudaoui on Tuesday was handed a four-match ban following his red card in Nice's 3-1 defeat by Nimes on February 8.
The Professional Football League disciplinary committee handed the hard-tackling midfielder the ban, with three mandatory matches while the fourth match will be suspended.
The Algerian received the marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Romain Philippoteaux. The former Paradou AC midfielder was equally on the receiving end of a rough tackle by Lyon's Fernando Macal a few weeks ago. Macal received three-match ban as well.
Buadoui's absence will be a big blow to Patrick Vieira's men as he has been outstanding in Nice's midfield putting in a number of man of the match performances. He's expected back by March 7 just in time for the crucial tie against AS Monaco in the Riviera Derby.
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