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PSG's Leonardo receives nine-month ban for pushing referee

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Latest update : 2013-05-31

Paris Saint Germain's Sporting Director Leonardo has been suspended from all duties for nine months for having pushed a referee, the French League announced on Thursday.

Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has been banned for nine months for pushing a referee, the French League (LFP) said on Thursday.

Television footage showed Brazilian Leonardo bumping into referee Alexandre Castro with his left shoulder in the Parc des Princes tunnel after PSG drew 1-1 with Valenciennes in Ligue 1 this month.

"The (disciplinary) commission hands him a nine-month ban," the LFP said in a statement, adding that Leonardo was banned from the bench, the referees' dressing-room and from all official functions.

Ligue 1 champions PSG were also handed a suspended three-point deduction over the incident for the 2013-14 season.

Leonardo had denied pushing the referee, saying he was shoved towards Castro by the match delegate.

The former Inter and AC Milan manager received a two-match suspended ban in November from the French federation's Ethics Committee for criticising the referee after Mamadou Sakho was sent off in a league game at Montpellier.

Leonardo's latest suspension is a huge blow for PSG, who are reportedly seeking a replacement for Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti who has said he wants to leave the club.
Leonardo would be on the shortlist to replace Ancelotti who is under contract with PSG until June 2014.

(REUTERS)

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Date created : 2013-05-30

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