French referee could face sanctions for kicking out a player

(UPDATE: The referee has been officially suspended “until further notice” by the French Football Association, according to the BBC)

Referee Tony Chapron could face sanctions after he kicked out Nantes player Diego Carlos in Sunday’s French Ligue 1 games against Paris St Germain.

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

Seconds after the incident Chapron gave Carlos a yellow card which resulted in him being sent off as he had also been booked in the first half.

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

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.”