Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (R) reacts after a crash with Nice's French goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale (L) during the French L1 football match between Nice (OGCN) and Monaco (ASM) on September 21, 2016 at Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was left scandalised that a ‘rugby tackle’ that hospitalised striker Radamel Falcao with head and chest injuries went unpunished in their midweek 4-0 Ligue 1 defeat to Nice.

Falcao took a heavy knock to the head when he was caught in a sandwich between goalkeeper Yoann Cardinale and defender Paul Baysse.

Falcao had been chasing a bouncing ball which Cardinale punched clear from just inside his area.

But with the 30-year-old Colombian who rose to fame at Atletico Madrid still under observation in Monte Carlo’s Princesse-Grace hospital after scans to head and chest injuries, his Portuguese coach was fuming.

“In most places in Europe that’s a red card,” said Jardim.

“Referees should make sure that in these kinds of situations there is proper punishment. It was like a rugby tackle.”

Doctors including a neurologist will decide when he can return to action.

Monaco next play Angers on Saturday before hosting Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday


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