French referee Tony Chapron's ban for trying to kick out at Nantes player Diego Carlos in a Ligue 1 game against Paris St Germain has been increased from three to eight months, two of them suspended, reported Le Dauphine Libere.
During stoppage-time of the match on 14 January 2018, Chapron bumped into Brazilian Carlos and fell over with TV footage showing him swinging his leg towards the running defender’s shins. A few seconds after the incident, Chapron gave Carlos a yellow card, which resulted in the player being sent off as he had also been booked in the first half. Chapron later apologised to Carlos. The local Le Dauphine Libere newspaper said a French federation appeal committee had increased the suspension after the referee appealed against the initial ban. The federation could not immediately be reached to confirm the result of the appeal.