By the 87th minute, Marseille were two up when Tavares lashed out at Arnaud Souquet and was given his marching orders following a VAR review.
As he left the pitch, the Portuguese defender made a 2-0 gesture to the home fans, angering his manager, Igor Tudor.
From hero to zero 🟥
Nuno Tavares is dismissed after VAR deemed his needless challenge worthy of a straight red pic.twitter.com/aZr1qs0mb1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 2, 2023
“He's lost his mind, he's going to get a nice fine,” he told Amazon France.
“It can happen, but he's going to be fined, because it will penalise us in the future. We are lucky that it went well at the end of the match.”
Marseille came away with the win despite conceding in stoppage time to set up a nervy finish.