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Ligue 1

Red card kick controversy ref Tony Chapron suspended

The match official made headlines around the world when he sent off Nantes' Diego Carlos after appearing to aim a kick at the player.

Tony Chapron durante durante la polémica acción.
Tony Chapron durante durante la polémica acción.LOIC VENANCEAFP

The French Football Federation's technical committee of referees (DTA) decided on Monday to suspend referee Tony Chapron “indefinitely” after the match official was caught on camera kicking out at Nantes defender Diego Carlos after the Brazilian had appeared to accidentally trip him as he ran to get back as PSG broke towards goal.

Chapron subsequently brandished a second yellow and dismissed Carlos, to the fury of Nantes players and the club’s president, Waldemar Kita, who describe the referee as a “joke” after the incident.

Chapron was scheduled to take charge of the Ligue 1 match between Angers and Troyes on January 17 but has been shelved by the DTA “until further notice.”

The official said in his match report that he had erred in cautioning Carlos but his penitence did not impress the DTA, which is to open an investigation into his conduct.

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FFF statement

"Following the incident at the end of the meeting between Nantes and PSG, involving the referee Mr Tony Chapron and the Nantes player, Mr Diego Carlos, the Technical Directorate of Arbitration and the Federal Committee of Arbitrators made the following decisions," read an FFF statement.

"The withdrawal of Mr Tony Chapron, originally designated for the meeting between Angers and Troyes, for this Wednesday, January 17, until further notice.

"Mr Tony Chapron will be convened shortly by the LFP Disciplinary Commission.

"Mr Tony Chapron, after viewing the images, found that his fall was inadvertently induced. Accordingly, he informed the DTA that he had prepared a supplementary report to that effect for the LFP Disciplinary Commission."