PARIS (AP) — Lens defender Loick Landre has been suspended for seven matches by the French league for a violent tackle on Lorient midfielder Valentin Lavigne at the weekend.

The league's disciplinary commission announced the decision on Thursday following a meeting.

Landre was sent off for the tackle, which took place in the 15th minute of the match that Lorient won 1-0 on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Lavigne sustained a serious knee injury and will be sidelined for around three months.

Lens is bottom of Ligue 1, with 11 points, two behind 17th-placed Lorient.

Landre will miss games against Metz, Monaco, Lille, Montpellier, Nice, Guingamp and Lyon. He will be eligible to return for the trip to Reims on Jan. 24.