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French referee provisionally suspended for kicking out at Nantes’ Diego Carlos

During stoppage time in a Ligue 1 match between Nantes and PSG, referee Tony Chapron bumped into Nantes defender Diego Carlos and fell over with TV footage showing him swinging his leg towards the running defender’s shins, an incident that has earned the referee a suspension.

football Updated: Jan 15, 2018 18:22 IST
Reuters, Paris
Diego Carlos,Nantes,Paris Saint-Germain
Nantes' defender Diego Carlos (L) receives a red card from French referee Tony Chapron during the Ligue 1 match vs Paris Saint-Germain at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes on January 14, 2018. Chapron was provisionally suspended for appearing to kick at Carlos before sending him off. (AFP)

Referee Tony Chapron has been provisionally suspended after he appeared to kick out at Nantes player Diego Carlos in Sunday’s French Ligue 1 game against Paris Saint-Germain.

During stoppage-time, Chapron bumped into Carlos and fell over with TV footage showing him swinging his leg towards the running defender’s shins.

“The technical direction of refereeing and the federal commission of refereeing have decided on the withdrawal of Tony Chapron, who had been appointed for Wednesday’s Ligue 1 game between Angers and Troyes, until further notice,” the French federation said in a statement on Monday.

Chapron will also be summoned before the league’s disciplinary committee.

A few seconds after the incident, Chapron gave Carlos a yellow card, which resulted in the player being sent off as he had also been booked in the first half.

“I know that refereeing is tough, but the referee sometimes need to put himself into question,” Nantes forward Valentin Rongier said.

“If we do something like this, we get a 10-game suspension.”

Nantes president Waldemar Kita told L’Equipe: “It’s a joke. I got 20 SMS from all over the world telling me that this referee is a joke. What do you want me to tell you? If I talk too much, I’ll be summoned by an ethics committee.”

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 18:20 IST