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The French referee who kicked out at a player during a Ligue 1 game was on Thursday (Feb 1) handed a three-month ban by disciplinary chiefs with a further three months suspended.

Tony Chapron, 45, kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of the match against Paris Saint-Germain on Jan 14 after being knocked over when the pair collided.

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Chapron sent the player off before apologizing the next day, saying Carlos had bumped into him but that his own reaction had been “clumsy” and “inappropriate”.

The French Football Federation (FFF) suspended Chapron “until further notice” and the league’s disciplinary commission met Thursday in Paris with Chapron attending the two-hour proceedings with his lawyer.

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