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 By Ian Holyman

Lille ask for Anwar El Ghazi yellow over Abdelhak Nouri tribute to be rescinded

Lille beat Nantes 3-0 to give Marcelo Bielsa a win in his debut as manager.

Lille have asked the French Football League (LFP) to rescind the yellow card shown to forward Anwar El Ghazi in Sunday's Ligue 1 win for removing his shirt to pay tribute to former teammate Abdelhak Nouri.

Nouri, 20, suffered severe and permanent brain damage after collapsing while playing for Ajax in a friendly against Werder Bremen in July.

El Ghazi, who moved to Lille in January, took off his shirt after scoring in Lille's victory over Nantes on Sunday to reveal a T-shirt emblazoned with Nouri's name and Ajax shirt number.

The 22-year-old was shown a yellow card by referee Benoit Millot in line with regulations, but Lille have pleaded mitigating circumstances in a bid to have the booking removed from the records.

Anwar El Ghazi unveiled a tribute to former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri on Sunday.

"It was a strong and sincere gesture to which LOSC wishes to associate itself fully," a club statement read.

"Given the dramatic context that justified Anwar El Ghazi's gesture, LOSC has asked -- as an exception -- for the cancellation of the yellow card received by its player (for having taken his shirt off) by the LFP's Disciplinary Commission."

El Ghazi would face an automatic one-match ban if he were to receive three yellow cards within 10 appearances in domestic competition.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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