New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, a referee was suspended by the French football federation for kicking a player during a Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint-Germain and Nantes on Sunday. Also Read - Football: Neymar Extends PSG Deal Until 2025 to End Barcelona Return Rumours
Tony Chapron was unintentionally knocked down by Nantes’ defender Diego Carlos of Brazil on Sunday. Thinking that the player had deliberately pushed him, Chapron struck out with his leg while lying on the ground and then sent the player off with a red card. Also Read - Kylian Mbappe Scores Twice as PSG Beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in Champions League Thriller
The French soccer federation said on Monday it had decided on “the withdrawal of Tony Chapron until further notice”. Also Read - Neymar Puts Brake on PSG Contract Renewal in Desire to Play With Lionel Messi Again at Barcelona
In a statement, the federation’s Technical Direction of the Arbitration said the referee was expected to attend a Ligue de Football Professionnel Disciplinary Committee hearing.
After reviewing video footage of the incident, Chapron acknowledged that Carlos had not meant to push him during Nantes’ home defeat 0-1 against PSG, according to the statement. (With IANS inputs)