PARIS (AP) The French soccer federation has suspended referee Tony Chapron until further notice after the official kicked a player during a league match.
The French federation says Chapron will be summoned to a disciplinary hearing following Sunday’s incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos before sending him off.
Chapron, who was to referee again on Wednesday when Angers faces Troyes, has been removed from the game.
The bizarre incident happened near the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win at Nantes. Carlos was running behind Chapron near the halfway line, and trying to catch up with play, when he inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels. Chapron rolled forward onto the turf then swiped his right leg at Carlos after tumbling. Chapron eventually got up and showed Carlos a second yellow card.