Ligue 1 ref faces disciplinary action

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The Nantes midfielder collided with the match official towards the end of last weekend's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with the referee reacting by swinging a leg out at the playmaker before then sending him off.

Nantes president Waldemar Kita has already called for Chapron to be banned from football for six months and the French Football Federation announced on Monday that it would take action.

A statement read: "Following the incident late in the Nantes-Paris SG match, involving referee Mr Tony Chapron and Nantes player Mr Diego Carlos, the technical body for referees (DTA) and the federal commission of referees have taken the following decisions:

"The withdrawal from duty of Mr Tony Chapron, initially appointed to referee the Angers SCO-ESTAC Troyes match in matchday 21 of Ligue 1 on Wednesday January 17, until further notice.

"Mr Tony Chapron will shortly be called to meet the LFP (French football league) disciplinary committee.

"Mr Tony Chapron, after reviewing the images, stated that his fall was caused accidentally. He has informed the DTA that he has prepared a report to this effect for the LFP disciplinary commission."

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