Nabil Dirar apologises to Monaco for not accepting financial sanctions

Nabil Dirar has avoided a potential exile from Monaco after apologising to the club for his refusal to accept a financial punishment.

The Moroccan midfielder is currently serving an eight-game LFP ban which was issued following his confrontation with referee Tony Chapron during a 1-0 win over Nice on February 6.

Monaco originally deemed the sanction to be "unduly harsh" but on Thursday said they had opened disciplinary proceedings against Dirar as the former Club Brugge player had "flatly refused to accept any financial sanction."

And their threat to suspend Dirar from club duty appears to have worked, drawing a formal apology from the 30-year-old.

A statement published on Monaco's official website on Friday morning read: "Nabil Dirar has recognised his mistake and has made his apologies to the management and to his teammates.

"The matter is now closed and Nabil Dirar is at the disposition of his coach, Leonardo Jardim."

The principality outfit did not reveal whether Dirar had ultimately been fined by the club.