Football Ligue 1 Nantes Paris St-Germain

French referee suspended ‘until further notice’ after kicking at player

French referee Tony Chapron has been suspended “until further notice” by the French Football Association after kicking out at a Nantes player.

Nantes defender Diego Carlos clipped the heels of referee Chapron, in what appeared to be an accident, in injury time of his side’s match against Paris St-Germain.

Chapron kicked out at the player, before sending him off for a second bookable offence, apparently for dissent.

Nantes want the second booking rescinded, while the club’s chairman Waldemar Kita said Chapron should be banned for six months for the “scandalous” incident.

Referring to the situation as a “joke” Kita was still careful not to be overcritical of the referee and risk sanction of his own.

PSG won the match 1-0, remaining top of the Ligue 1 table, while Nantes sit in fifth position.

Following the match the French Football Association released a statement, saying “technical body for referees (DTA) and the federal commission of referees” had “decided on the withdrawal of Tony Chapron, who had been appointed for Wednesday’s Ligue 1 game between Angers and Troyes, until further notice”.

It added that Chapron would be called before a disciplinary committee shortly.

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