French referee provisionally suspended for kicking out Nantes' Diego Carlos

French referee provisionally suspended for kicking out Nantes' Diego Carlos

Chapron and Diego Carlos were racing to catch up with a breakaway by PSG's Kylian Mbappe as the game, which the visitors won 1-0, moved into stoppage time at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Nantes President Waldemar Kita labelling the incident a 'scandal' and a show of 'amateurism'. He gives a red card to a player who did nothing. "There's a problem here".

Players told French television after the game that Chapron claimed he had slipped and not kicked Carlos on purpose, despite clear video evidence to the contrary.

"Chapron has to rest and get a massage, it works like that now, we cannot see him [after the match ended]".

Chapron apologised to Carlos on Monday. He has informed the DTA that he has prepared a report to this effect for the LFP disciplinary commission.

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His explanation for the kick-out, which has led to calls for him to be banned, was absolutely ridiculous.

Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier was also unhappy.

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Angel Di Maria scored in the 12th minute with the home defense slow to react.

"This awkward gesture was inappropriate", Chapron wrote in a statement sent to AFP.

Emiliano Sala thought he had headed in an equaliser for Nantes, but was incorrectly denied by the linesman's flag. "It makes me laugh".

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Pascal Garibian, the French Football Federation's technical director for referees, criticised Chapron's "loss of control" in the incident.

Cavani needed just one more goal to move level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as PSG's all-time leading scorer on 156.