Referee banned after kicking player

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French referee Tony Chapron has apologised after kicking out at Nantes defender Diego Carlos and sending him off for a second bookable offence after accidentally being tripped him up.

“During the match Nantes-PSG I was knocked over by Diego Carlos, a player with Nantes. At the moment of impact I felt a sharp pain where I had recently suffered an injury,’ Chapron said on Monday. My unfortunate reaction was to stick my leg out towards the player. This clumsy gesture was inappropriate. So I want to apologise following this action.’

Chapron was suspended by the French football federation ‘until further notice’ for his actions.