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Ref suspended for kick at player: “Clumsy gesture was inappropriate”

France Referee Rage

French referee Tony Chapron, center, talks to Nantes players after Chapron kicked out in retribution at Nantes defender Diego Carlos, who inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels, during the French League One soccer match between Nantes and Paris Saint Germain, in Nantes, western France, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The French football federation has suspended Chapron until further notice. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

AP

Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron has been suspended from work and has apologized after kicking out at a player who knocked him over on Sunday.

Chapron was knocked to the turf by Diego Carlos in Nantes’ match against Paris Saint-Germain. The referee then sent Carlos off via a second yellow card.

He’s been suspended “until further notice” as a Nantes player has called for a 10-match ban.

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Chapron, for his part, admits he made a pretty significant mistake.

The incident baffled Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri, who said he’d “never seen anything like it. I am sure you haven’t either. I do not know what happened. ... What I do know is that I could not have one of my players in the closing minutes and, more seriously, that he will be suspended for the next match. But why? Why?”

The red card, to no one’s surprise, will not come with a suspension.

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