French referee Tony Chapron is set to accept a six-month ban, half of which will be suspended, for purposely kicking Nantes player Diego Carlos during their clash with PSG last month.
The French referee collapsed to the floor after he was accidentally tripped by Nantes’ Diego Carlos during a league match.
Clearly miffed, the 45-year-old kicked out at the player and then advanced to give Carlos a second yellow.
Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron handed a 3-month suspension for kicking Nantes player Diego Carlos in a league match last month after the player unintentionally knocked him over.”
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The referee who was suspended after the match faced the consequences of his actions as he was punished by a French League disciplinary committee on Thursday. “After hearing Mr Tony Chapron and reading the instructor’s report, the commission decided to suspend him for six months, three of which were suspended,” said a statement.
Chapron apologised for the incident and Carlos’ booking was invalidated at the referee’s request.
On the night of the Ligue 1 fixture, Nantes president Waldemar Kita demanded that Chapron was to be punished and banned for six months.
“I got 20 text messages from all over the world telling me the referee was a joke,” Kita told L’Equipe.
“It’s scandalous to see that. He gives a red card to a player who did nothing. He needs to go back to school. It’s amateurish.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. He needs to be suspended for six months. If we did it, we would be banned for six months.”
Prior to the incident, Chapron announced that this would be his final season as a referee. Chapron has reffed Ligue 1 since 2004 and has reffed over 400 matches including the French cup final in 2014.